Verde Valley Humane Society returns to normal operations following distemper outbreak

The Verde Valley Humane Society has returned to normal procedures after an earlier outbreak of distemper. (Photo by Vyto Starinskas)<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

The Verde Valley Humane Society has returned to normal procedures after an earlier outbreak of distemper. (Photo by Vyto Starinskas)<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

The Verde Valley Humane Society (VVHS) has returned to normal operating procedures as of Friday March 25th. Shelter Manager Angie Hare has notified partner agencies, Animal Control Officers, staff and volunteers. "This means we are accepting strays from the public and Animal Control Officers," says Hare. "I have also invited our Intake Building volunteers to return to walking and socializing those dogs who have been under Distemper Quarantine. Our Adoption Facility Volunteers continued their service in our main building throughout the Distemper outbreak, which we deeply appreciated."

As a result of the Canine Distemper outbreak, the VVHS has implemented several changes:

• All animals are vaccinated upon intake with the cost added to existing Impound Fees. Lost pets with identification and proof of vaccination are exempt.

• Animals that appear to be sick or are injured will be diverted to a veterinarian.

• Intensive infection control protocols have been adjusted to normal sanitary measures. "This means we no longer must employ full-body "hazmat-type´ suits, but we still maintain a high-level of cleanliness and sanitation." Says Hare.

"Canine Distemper is still active in the area. It is most prevalent in areas that people do not typically vaccinate their pets regularly," says Hare. "It's a viral infection that can be easily spread among dogs, foxes, coyotes and other wildlife. We strongly urge pet owners to continue to check their vaccination records and make sure their pets are up to date. It is the only way to protect your dog against the virus."

The VVHS appreciated the cooperation and teamwork demonstrated by the community. "We'd like to thank our local Animal Control Agencies for their cooperation. Our partners such as the Sedona, Yavapai and Jerome Humane Societies who offered their support and the local veterinarians who stepped up to help. We also received many donations and good wishes from our supporters and friends. Anyone wishing to contribute to our depleted Emergency Medical Fund is encouraged to do so. I am extremely proud that our community, partners, staff and volunteers came together as a team to conquer this potentially devastating situation," concluded Hare.

Donations to the VVHS Emergency Medical Fund can be made via the VVHS website at www.verdevalleyhumanesociety.org; and our GO FUND ME site at http://gofundme.com/y26tr3z7.

For more information, contact Shelter Manager Angie Hare at (928) 634-7387.

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