April 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm
FYI, the shelter holds free rabies and s/n clinics every second saturday of the month. Those who avail themselves of this clinic don’t go past the front of the facility and don’t go anywhere near the adoption kennels.
To my knowledge, there is one public entrance to the pound. All visitors bringing in strays or owned pets (sick, healthy, vaccinated or unvaccinated) as well as potential adopters come through this entrance. I don’t know if the ACOs have a separate entrance for their impounds but regardless, the front entryway is obviously an area where the spread of disease would be a concern. Standard shelter cleaning protocols for disease prevention should be utilized.
This is one of the pound’s listings on PetHarbor. It appears to show a puddle of urine and a cat left in a trap in the entryway of the facility – the same area the public would bring their dogs for the rabies clinic:
In addition to the previously stated concerns about the pound failing to disclose the occurrence of parvo, I wanted to make a comment on the poor cat in this listing. For starters, who is either going to recognize their lost cat or fall in love with this cat for adoption based upon this photo? No one. Further, I HATE seeing cats in traps on the floor. This is psychologically cruel in my opinion. They are already scared out of their minds and a trap provides no place to hide or even a solid floor. At the very least, set the trap up somewhere elevated to provide a slight feeling of safety for the cat. All around FAIL.