Toledo cat shelter re-opens after feline distemper threat

Toledo, OHIO (WTVG) - Paws and Whiskers Cat Shelter is back open for adoptions and intakes after being closed for nearly 2 weeks.

The shelter closed as a precaution back on August 16, 2019 after multiple kittens were brought in with feline distemper.

Shelter Manager, Annie Danko, says the decision to close was preventative. Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV), commonly know as feline distemper, is highly contagious and can be deadly.

Danko says the four kittens that were dropped off with the virus, later died but the animals were kept in isolation and the virus did not spread to any other cats.

For nearly two weeks volunteers and staff have spent everyday deep cleaning. That includes a full wipe down and wash with bleach and a special shelter cleaner, called accel, that eliminates all signs of bacteria, every food and water bowl switched out, blankets and bedding washed daily and new scoops for each litter box.

The goal is to make sure any potential bacteria is eliminated and does not spread. Danko says the goal was successful and after nearly two weeks, all of the cats in the shelter are healthy and ready for new homes.

If you would like to donate to Paws and Whiskers you can stop by the shelter at 32 Hillwyck Drive in Toledo.

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