The pets at Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center need your financial help to aid in their future wellbeing.
“We are in need of an intake quarantine area,” said Kim Pettrey, facility director. “With this project, we are looking at a $6,000 goal.”
Funds would be used to construct a concrete pad and cages outside the main building, a holding area for new animals coming into the facility. The area would be used to prevent them from being placed with other dogs until staff members are confident they are healthy.
“We need an area that will allow us to monitor animals for any signs of disease before they are released into the general population,” said Pettrey. “Currently, we have a dog that tested positive for distemper. If it had been placed with the other dogs, we would likely have had another distemper outbreak. We are trying to prevent that, but we need an intake quarantine area.”
Animal Control has voluntarily quarantined itself twice in the last three years due to distemper outbreaks. Distemper is a highly contagious, fatal disease.
This year, a 40-day quarantine was the result of one dog being brought in with distemper, a situation that ended with 14 euthanized. A month-long closure back in 2015 began when a litter of puppies was brought in with distemper and ended with 11 dogs being euthanized.
“Having this area to confine them upon intake will help eliminate this issue,” said Pettrey. “We could save other animals from contracting the deadly disease.”
All donations are tax deductible.
For more information on how you can help with monetary or building material donations, call 507-3647.