PUBLIC NOTICE – Dog Room Closed (August 1, 2021)
The Humane Society of Cambria County (HSCC) has detected kennel cough within our current dog population prompting a 10-day quarantine period, effective July 31st. With veterinary advice, staff is currently following stringent monitoring protocols for all dogs and thorough treatment plans for dogs exhibiting symptoms.
Both the adoptable dog room and dog holding area will be limited to STAFF ONLY throughout the 10-day quarantine in order to mitigate any further spread and to properly enforce treatment. Management is confident that we have got ahead of the illness and will be able to stop the spread due to early detection of symptoms. If all symptoms have subsided by day 10, shelter operations will resume as normal.
Kennel cough is a highly communicable airborne illness and is most commonly contracted in larger groups of dogs like a shelter environment. While there is no definitive test, kennel cough is diagnosed by symptoms, spread, and the probability of infection. To lessen the chance of kennel cough, a vaccine is available for dogs. However, there are other agents that can infect dogs. Although they are less common, these agents can exist in a community environment. Ultimately, kennel cough is highly treatable. Healthy adult dogs typically easily recover, while puppies under the age of 6 months and immunocompromised dogs may need more in depth treatment.
Dog adoptions will cease immediately and dog intakes will be limited to stray dogs in Animal Control Contracted areas (for a full list of areas, visit here: cambriacountyhumanesociety.com/services/animal-control/). Incoming stray dogs will receive a preventative Bordetella vaccine upon intake and be housed separately from the current dog population to the best of our ability. Stray dogs outside of these areas will be provided with alternative resources. Individuals who need to surrender a dog during our 10-day quarantine are encouraged to contact surrounding rescues and shelters.
Due to the increased safety and sanitary measures our staff must take throughout the quarantine period, HSCC is in need of bleach, liquid laundry detergent, and monetary donations. Monetary donations can be made here: paypal.me/hscc15904!
During this time, our cat room will remain open, and cat adoptions will function as normal. Cat intakes will continue to be dependent on available space.
Those who have recently adopted a dog or puppy from our shelter should not be alarmed about their new pet. While the HSCC encourages adopters to monitor their dog or puppy for the next 10 days, adopters can trust that the health of their new pet was evaluated prior to being placed for adoption. As well, adoptable pets receive a schedule of vaccinations prior to adoption to protect their well being. Adopters with concerns or questions may contact the shelter staff at 814-535-6116 or their veterinarian.
HSCC will continue to accept and process adoption applications for our dogs throughout the quarantine period. Potential adopters will be contacted throughout this timeframe as to the status of their application. Once the quarantine is lifted, HSCC will resume adoptions as normal.