The WVHS has put their cat adoption hall under temporary quarantine due to feline parvovirus, that recently appeared at the shelter in a few kittens.
The quarantine began Tuesday and may be lifted on December 3, 2019, unless more cats test positive for the virus.
The virus strikes kittens the hardest because of their underdeveloped immune system.
During the quarantine, the WVHS will not be accepting feline owner surrenders or strays. People who recently adopted cats from the shelter with potential exposure are being notified to watch for the illness.
Signs of the illness are lethargy, diarrhea, lost appetite and vomiting and the illness is highly contagious and comes through direct contact with urine, feces, and nasal secretions.
Cats who eat out of the same dish or use the same litter box as an infected cat are at risk. The virus is not contagious to humans or dogs.
All animals received at WVHS are vaccinated upon intake, but the vaccines take two weeks to fully protect the pet.
Aside from the cat quarantine, the shelter is open as usual including the dog adoption halls. For questions or concerns, contact the WVHS at 509-662-9577, or email WVHS at email@example.com.