The CAWS Adoption Center in Delta has quarantined the dogs at the shelter after one dog tested positive for canine parvovirus late last week. Jessica Garrett, the shelter's manager and veterinary technician, said parvo is highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces.
As a result, CAWS has put in place the quarantine, and is not accepting dogs or adopting them out. The dog that tested positive was immediately removed to a local veterinarian's clinic for treatment and caregivers report improvement.
Meanwhile, the staff is sanitizing the facility and doing all it can to contain the virus. While all dogs at the shelter are vaccinated for it, there is still a risk for dogs to get parvo. That's why the CAWS Adoption Center is not taking in any new dog surrenders and also is not adopting out. "We understand that people still need help with their animals; unfortunately, we don't want to risk their animals' lives in bringing them into a situation where they may contract the disease," Garrett said. City animal control will continue to be on patrol and ticket owners of stray animals. They, however, will not bring dogs into the shelter until the quarantine period has ended. Barring any new cases of the virus, the quarantine will be lifted sometime in early August.blog comments powered by Disqus