On Thursday, WHS had an isolated case of feline distemper in a kitten that came into the shelter on December 22.
“We placed any cats at risk of exposure on a two-week quarantine and we’re taking every precaution to prevent further spread of the disease,” said WHS Executive Director, Joan Towers.
Various animal areas of the shelter are being thoroughly disinfected and local veterinarians have been updated.
Willamette Humane Society (WHS) is asking for the public’s help to prevent the spread of feline panleukopenia (commonly known as feline distemper) by delaying cat surrenders temporarily. WHS is asking the public with cat intake appointments to reschedule before bringing their pet or stray into the shelter or waiting until the quarantine is lifted – most likely on January 10, 2013. Dog intakes are not affected by this precaution.
WHS regularly encourages cat owners to ensure their cats are up-to-date on their vaccinations to prevent them from contracting this potentially fatal disease. Willamette Humane Society remains open for business and has both dogs and cats with sufficient vaccination histories available for adoption.