Salem, Ore.- Willamette Humane Society (WHS) is happy to report that the two-week dog quarantine is lifted. All follow up tests for Canine Influenza (CIV) proved negative for the virus. Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine conducted tests on the samples, but found no signs of CIV.
Some dogs in the shelter’s care still show symptoms of mild upper respiratory maladies typical of kennel cough. These dogs are responding well to antibiotics and recovering.
Effective immediately, all canine activities have resumed at the shelter including adoptions, intake of owned and stray animals and dog training classes. Appointments are required to surrender an animal; please call 503-585-5900 ext. 300 and an intake specialist will contact you to discuss your needs.
“We are so pleased that the threat of CIV has been alleviated,” said Joan Towers, WHS Executive Director. “We take each animal’s health very seriously, and felt it necessary to act proactively and expeditiously in putting the quarantine in place. Now that the threat is over, we can get back to the business of finding forever homes for our wonderful dogs and cats.”
For Polk County residents who may have lost an animal in the last two weeks, Hope’s Haven in Polk County took in a few stray dogs during the WHS quarantine. If a dog was lost in Polk County from February, 14th through the 28th, owners should check with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, (503) 623-9251, Willamette Humane Society and Hope’s Haven (503)363-8138.
Anyone interested in more of the shelter’s services or activities should visit their website. News and updates on issues affecting the local animal community are always listed online.
News Release from: Willamette Humane Society