At a recent pet adoption event the Effingham Co Animal Shelter adopted out several kittens. Of the ones adopted two tested positive for Feline Leukemia and another tested negative. The positive tested kittens were humanely put to sleep due to the nature of the disease. This was not the fault of the shelter as the shelter employees did not know they had Feline Leukemia. They would not have adopted them out if they did.
The shelter is county ran with county funds and the county does not provide the funding necessary to test each animal for everything that could be wrong with them. Upon adopting an animal, it is discussed at the adoption and within the paperwork to take the animal to the vet for a full check-up within 3 days to include the proper testing for each type of animal.
The proper testing to be done by the adopter for dogs or cats are as follows (this is just routine testing but the adopter has the right to refuse any of these procedures but it is recommended to do them) :
• fecal flotation for detecting intestinal parasites
• blood tests for detecting heartworm and tick borne disease exposure
• general blood screenings to identify potential breed-related medical problems and conditions
At the adoption event as well, several puppies went to rescue. Of these puppies they did have several types of worms and also were at the beginning stages of getting sick. They were wormed almost a week prior to the event and given a physical evaluation by the attending veterinarian on record. But the wormer they were provided did not handle all worms they currently had. They appeared healthy enough for the adoption event so they went. During the event one was appearing sick and the rescue decided to take them all. They did receive the medical care needed for them all to get on a healthy track.
The shelter is providing worming to each and every dog that comes into the facility and it is logged on the dogs chart within the shelters paperwork. This is to aid in strays that come in with worms and also to aid puppies that are more susceptible to getting worms. The wormer the county provides is for basic worm types dogs can get but it does not kill all kinds. This is one of the new improvements the shelter is doing this year as in the past they did not provide wormer except at the time of the veterinarian of records visiting day.
Due to the recent activity, the shelter is going to be bringing more adult dogs and older puppies as well as adult cats and older kittens to adoption events. This way the young puppies and kittens can get a little more care with them to try and prevent people from adopting a potentially sick animal. The shelter does the best they can within the requirements set forth from the shelter procedures booklet that was created by the veterinarian on record and the county commissioners’ approval.
The shelter just happens to have had a setback with this and all on the same day at the same event. But they are confident that in the future they will be working towards more healthy adoptions and trying to look the animals over a little more closely to try and prevent this. They are very saddened by what has happened and are trying to do what they can to prevent or at least lessen the chance of it happening again.
The shelter will be providing a rabies shot and vaccinations to each animal once adopted before leaving the facility. This is a new step in the right direction but will be implemented within the next week or so. This was another new improvement the shelter is doing this year. The adoption fee will include the rabies and vaccination shot. The only other thing the adopter will need to do it set up an appointment to get the animal spayed or neutered within the required 30 days. If you have additional questions about this, please feel free to contact the shelter with your questions or concerns at 912-754-2109.
HOPE is working with the shelter to try and create a puppy shot plan to where shots can be administered to every dog under the age of 1 year to aid in Parvo, sickness, and diseases as soon as they come into the building or within one day or so. They will receive the age appropriate shot regimen needed to boost their immune system. This will aid in healthier puppy adoptions. It is still a work in progress and we will let you know when it is finalized.
HOPE is also looking into the possibility of helping with an additional wormer that could aid in conjunction to their regular wormer to aid in all worms being handled. This is only in the beginning stages due to the recent events; therefore we will let everyone know if we are able to do this. We are HOPE-ful we can! All of this is only possible by your donations as HOPE is donation based for all the help we provide to the shelter.
BY: The HOPE team