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N.J. animal shelter temporarily closes due to dog flu

Adoption event at Jackson County Animal Shelter

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The Monmouth County SPCA temporarily closed to the public following a confirmed outbreak of dog flu, shelter officials reported Saturday.

The shelter’s animal adoptions and veterinary services through the Vogel Veterinary Clinic are suspended, but animal control services will continue to operate, officials said in a statement. All in-shelter volunteer activities are also cancelled.

The shelter anticipates reopening Jan. 2, 2020.

“All members of the public who have adopted or brought dogs in for treatment at the VVCC for the last three weeks have been notified of the presence of infection,” the post read. “We are happy to report that no dogs coming in to the shelter from the outside have reported any signs of illness.”

H3N2 — the strain of canine influenza that caused the shelter to close — is a “highly contagious infection that can make your pet very sick, however; most cases respond well with time and supportive care” the shelter said.

Symptoms include significant appetite loss and/or lethargy, severe nasal discharge, and severe, heavy coughing. The shelter recommends contacting your veterinarian immediately if your dog shows any of those symptoms.

The shelter also said its welcome center is open for donation drop-offs only, since “by being closed for nearly a month at our busiest time of year, the shelter faces a devastating loss in revenue.” The MCSPCA thrift store remains open.

Donations are also accepted here.

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