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Deadly virus hits Toledo cat rescue shelter

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A deadly virus has hit an local cat shelter forcing the group to close temporarily.

Paws & Whiskers shelter is deadly with a serious case of feline distemper.

It's a deadly virus that is highly contagious. Kennel supervisor, Kim Ferguson, says a kitten that was recently dropped off had the virus, which cats can carry for a long time without any physical signs of distress.

So far four kittens have died and two dozen others could be infected with the deadly virus.

The shelter voluntarily closed to protect animals and the public.

One of the major challenges with distemper is how long it can survive. Dr. Bob Esplin, with Sylvania Vet hospital says the virus can be transferred by hands, hair, even clothing that came in contact with the virus.

The shelter is working to protect the remaining cats. There were 87 total in the shelter at the time of the outbreak. The 24 that could have distemper are now in isolation and a deep cleaning is underway.

Shelter staff must deep clean and bleach everything inside, repainted the walls and redo flooring before reopening.

The shelter is looking for adult volunteers to help clean, as well as donations.

If you would like to help the shelter needs: volunteers (adults only), new brooms, garbage bags, cat litter, bleach, mops, stainless steel food bowls and cash to pay for rising vet bills.

Donations can be dropped off at the shelter
Paws & Whiskers
32 Hillwyck
Toledo, OH
419-536-1914

The shelter hopes to repoint next Monday, June 23 Adoptions are on hold for at least 2 weeks.


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