Shelter again accepting, adopting dogs

The Animal Shelter today again began accepting and adopting dogs after a recent community outbreak of canine parvovirus forced the stoppage of those activities for two weeks.

The dog park at 3215 Millbrook Drive will reopen Friday, Oct. 19, once the chances of rain have diminished.

“Although parvo is ever-present in the community, the shelter is currently free of the disease,” said Morgan Chegwidden, assistant director of Neighborhood and Family Services. “We hope this episode highlights the need to vaccinate pets. That’s the surest way to ensure a pet’s health.”

Over the past two weeks, six shelter dogs died of parvo, 22 were euthanized, 14 were treated at veterinary clinics, and more than 150 received preventative measures. Chegwidden credited close working relationships with local veterinarians, generous donors and Concho Valley PAWS for the survival of the vast majority of the dogs.

Shelter officials believe the disease was introduced into the facility by strays. The intake and adoption of dogs was halted after several dogs were noted as being sick with the deadly disease and veterinarians reported a local outbreak. The shelter continued its other public health operations, including accepting and adopting cats, which are not susceptible to parvo.

Canine parvovirus is highly contagious, incurable and life-threatening. Symptoms include lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite, and bloody diarrhea. Parvo is transmitted through contact with an infected dog’s feces. Puppies are most susceptible to the disease.

Along with vaccinating dogs and cats, owners can best protect their pets by keeping them within their homes and yards unless they are otherwise leashed.

 

Adoption prices

Adoption fees include the cost of the spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, microchipping and City registration.

Dogs 
$65 - Spay/Neuter
$10 - Rabies vaccine
$10 - Microchip
Total = $85

Cats
$45 - Spay/Neuter
$5 - Rabies vaccine/Microchip
Total = $50

View the pets available for adoption by clicking here.

You can start the adoption process by printing and filling out an adoption application at conchovalleypaws.org

How you can help

To volunteer at the Animal Shelter, you must be 18 years of age or accompanied by a parent/guardian. Children are not permitted to work with animals at the shelter. However, minors may help with the Mobile Pet Adoption.

Please wear clothes you can get dirty in, along with close-toed shoes. Volunteers are most needed with mobile adoptions, bathing and cleaning the animals, cleaning up, picking up trash and mowing.

The Animal Shelter also accepts donations. Our wish list includes: 

  • Monetary contributions
  • Dog food (for a food pantry)
  • Microwave rice, chicken and hot dogs
  • Leashes, collars, harnesses
  • Stainless steel bowls
  • E-collars
  • Flea combs
  • Sanitation materials
  • Bath towels
  • Bleach
  • Dish soap
  • Oatmeal-based pet shampoo
  • Paper towels
  • Dress-shirt boxes
  • Non-clumping cat litter
  • Snare poles

Please NO toys, treats or beds.

Lost pet?

If you have lost a pet:

 

  • Call your microchip company to verify your contact information is current.  If you microchipped through the city, contact 24PetWatch at 866-597-2424.
  • Post a picture/description on the local lost and found website helpmegethome.com
  • Post a flyer at the city shelter.
  • Post an ad in the San Angelo Standard-Times.

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