There’s never been a more important time to foster or adopt dogs from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control (ACC). ACC’s intake kennel has reached capacity, and help is critical to preventing euthanasia.
ACC veterinary staff performed routine surveillance testing for canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) pathogens in the dog population and found that pneumovirus, a novel respiratory virus that is in the county, has been introduced to the shelter. Those dogs found to be infected were immediately pulled into a separate kennel from the adoption-ready dogs, but due to the highly infectious nature of this virus, there is concern about its continued spread, and healthy dogs need to be removed from the shelter.
In light of this fluid situation, ACC is asking the public to consider fostering or adopting a dog through the #HealthyHome program. Adopting or fostering the shelter’s dogs would reduce the risk of in-shelter transmission to the lowest level possible.
If you are interested in helping, visit the shelter’s web site to select a dog at www.pbcgov.com/snap. Complete the adoption application at https://bit.ly/3wxbIZP and e-mail it to the email address listed. Once an application is submitted, come in to meet and pick up a new “paw-tner.” Most dogs are more than 40 pounds and have outstanding dispositions.
During the critical time, foster or adopting parents are given all of the supplies needed to take care of their dog.
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control is located at 7100 Belvedere Road. For additional information and shelter hours of operation, visit www.pbcgov.com/animal or call (561) 233-1200.