MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX – The Montgomery County Animal Shelter (‘MCAS’) has noted an increase in the occurrence of upper respiratory disease. In dogs, Distemper in particular and in humans, COVID-19. It seems to be all over the region as there are many shelters battling these diseases. We will focus on various resources to treat sick animals and work hard to get healthy adoptable animals from MCAS. We seek help from the community through reception, assistance to rescue groups and adoptions. The MCAS has identified some animals that have been diagnosed with distemper. We want the public to be aware but not afraid to help by adopting and / or adopting. In order to be successful in these rescue efforts, we need the help of our community. We also strongly encourage everyone to have their pets vaccinated. In addition to the increase in respiratory illnesses, MCAS staff are also fighting the presence of COVID-19 among staff members. This has resulted in a decrease in staffing capacities. Therefore, we will be limiting our services for at least two weeks as we regroup and continue to mitigate illnesses.

We will close our reception services during this period because it is crucial for us to have the capacity to continue our tests on the current animal population. We also need our current animal population to remain stable or decrease so that we can adequately care for these animals with our limited staff due to the spread of COVID-19. We will take active steps to reduce the number of non-essential shelters. If you have a situation with a stray animal, please contact Animal Control at 936-442-7738, option 2. Animal Control can then assess the situation. Please DO NOT pick up stray animals unless you are personally willing to shelter the animal (s) (house, care, food, etc.). If you need help finding resources to house found animals, you can contact us at [email protected] You can also network these animals on social networks like on your neighborhood pages to find their owners. The wellness services will continue but will be carried out outside or by car via a service of type.

By giving encouragement, you could be a vital part of saving lives. MCAS will provide any necessary treatment or medication for foster animals. Your personal dog (s) will need to be up to date and up to date with their vaccinations, although the foster animal will need to be completely segregated.

MCAS has identified symptoms of respiratory disease in part of our population as well as in animals that have been fostered or adopted. Dogs in our care who are suspected of having distemper are isolated, treated and tested. Staff are carefully monitoring the animals for signs of disease in the apparently healthy population, but we are doing shelter-wide testing.

Symptoms of distemper may include the following:

• Thick nasal discharge

• To cough

• sneezing

• Crispy eyes

• Fever

• Tremors

• Seizures

We are working on different protocols to minimize the spread of the disease. If you have a dog that you would like to donate to MCAS, please give us the opportunity to vaccinate the animal (s) before handing it over. Even if you can only keep the animal for a limited time, it could increase the immunity that will develop from the vaccine to protect the animal from various diseases.

Anyone who has adopted a dog from MCAS in the past 30 days and has a dog that exhibits the symptoms listed above, please contact MCAS for potential treatment options at [email protected] We will provide treatment to the best of our ability. If an adopter is unwilling or unable to care for a sick or potentially sick dog, MCAS will accept the dog’s return (free of charge).

As a member of our community, even if you haven’t adopted a dog from a shelter or rescue If you notice any of the symptoms listed above in your personal dog (s), please take the dog (s) to your veterinarian. We strongly recommend that the general public ensure their dogs are up to date on all necessary vaccinations: distemper, parvo, parainfluenza, bordetella, and rabies (as required by state law). Please also follow our social media as we run free pet vaccination events.

Challenges arise from time to time and we ask for help and support from our community. Anyone can help by fostering, adopting, donating, and volunteering.

The MCAS will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

We will re-evaluate in two weeks to determine next steps.

Again, PLEASE make sure your pets are vaccinated! We also encourage humans to get vaccinated!

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