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RISPCA reopens shelter following feline quarantine

Posted 10/14/21

The RISPCA will reopen its shelter to the public today, after closing on Oct. 9 due to the discovery of a zoonotic illness within the shelter.  

At the time that the infection (commonly …

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RISPCA reopens shelter following feline quarantine

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The RISPCA will reopen its shelter to the public today, after closing on Oct. 9 due to the discovery of a zoonotic illness within the shelter.  

At the time that the infection (commonly referred to as Giardia) was diagnosed in some of our dogs, the RISPCA’s feline quarantine unit was full to capacity with ringworm-infected cats and kittens, that had been seized in a recent hoarding case and the small animal room was closed to the public because 4 rabbits that were rescued after being abandoned in a hotel room were diagnosed with a parasitic infection. It was this triple threat of illnesses, along with a lack of sufficient quarantine space, that caused the SPCA to close the shelter to the public out of an abundance of caution.

Unfortunately, by this time, 20 people were lined up outside waiting for the shelter to open, in order to have a chance to adopt a pet with a $25 adoption fee as part of the Bissell Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters event.

The RISPCA has conferred with its medical director and with outside veterinary experts and has established segregation protocols for the infected dogs, which had recently been received as part of an out-of-state transport. Those steps, coupled with the medical release of the cats and kittens and of the rabbits as of Wednesday, October 13th, allow the RISPCA to reopen its shelter to the public. All adoptions through October 31st that would have qualified for a subsidy during the Bissell Foundation Empty the Shelters event that recently ended, will be processed with a $25 adoption fee due to additional support received from the Bissell Foundation.

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