PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 08/11/2017, 3:30 P.M.
The Humane Society of Parkersburg will closed for at least the next week because at least two blood samples taken from dogs at the shelter recently tested positive for Canine Distemper.
In an email, Michelle Earl, the shelter's executive director, says tests were conducted by nationally-recognized shelter illness experts at the University of Wisconsin, after "a recent outbreak of respiratory symptoms among dogs at the shelter."
Because of the positive tests, a quarantine is in place and the shelter will be closed for at the next seven days, as all dogs there are being tested for Canine Distemper.
According to the HSOP, Canine Distemper is a contagious virus that affects the respiratory system of unvaccinated puppies and dogs.
There is no cure, but treatment for some cases that are caught early typically focus on alleviating the symptoms, which include high fever, reddened eyes, watery discharge from the nose and eyes, lethargy, coughing, vomiting and diarrhea.
During the quarantine period, animals currently at the shelter will not be available for adoption, and the shelter will not accept any animals being surrendered by owners or stray animals that are found.
The shelter says staff members will be contacting anyone who adopted a dog during the last few weeks, to answer questions on Canine Distemper.
Officials say the shelter vaccinates all incoming dogs and provides booster vaccinations at 14 days.
ORIGINAL STORY: 8/10/2017, 4:48 P.M.
Both the Humane Societies Parkersburg and the Ohio Valley are at full capacity.
A manager at the Parkersburg location she said they do not turn away animals, and are working very hard to keep their euthanasia numbers down.
However, not having any place to house them, makes their jobs much more difficult.
Currently in the Humane Society of Parkersburg, every kennel is full, and they do not have any space for big dogs or cats right now. There is little room for small dogs.
They do have a rescue in the works. Rescues can help pull and send the animals to areas that can house them.
They are searching for foster help and running adoption specials often to help them with space issues, because the animals do get stressed out when they are full.
"Unfortunately, June, July and August, school's out, people don't have a schedule. They are going on vacation. We get a lot of owner surrenders," says Amber Dennison, HSOP Manager. "We get a lot of strays with Fourth of July fireworks, and a lot of the strays are reclaimed. Summer's our busiest month, and then we see when school's back in session, kind of a regulation. When there are more adopters, we get a little more breathing room."
With an influx of animals, donations of any kind are tremendously needed and volunteers are always welcome.
The Parkersburg shelter says they usually only see big donations around Christmas time, making the summer months even more strenuous.
If a hoarding situation were to occur during this busy time without places to house them for rehabilitation, it makes their jobs all the more difficult.
If you are interested in donating, adopting, volunteering or fostering, you can visit their website at www.hsop.org.