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Cat shelter open after deadly virus outbreak

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A deadly virus outbreak forced a a local cat shelter to suspended adoptions. Multiple cats died due to an outbreak of feline distemper.

After a week of deep cleaning, Paws & Whiskers is back in business. The cats are roaming free and volunteers are back to work after working hard to make the shelter safe.

Manager Dave Plunkett says, "We essentially took everything out and power-washed it and just made sure everything was clean."

A stray cat brought in panleukopenia, a virus comparable to parvo in dogs. It is highly contagious and deadly. The sick kitty was held in the intake room and exposed 25 other cats to the virus. Five have died and 20 others could still test positive. Those animals are being held in isolation in a separate building.

The shelter is making some changes because of the virus. They are only taking cats who have been vaccinated for panleukopenia. Spay and neuter appointments are on hold and adoption events are canceled through July.

There are still more than 60 cats at the shelter waiting for their forever home and if adoption isn't an option for you, you could help with a donation. Vet bills from the virus totaled more than $4,000.

Click here to help.





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