Cash is needed for parvo treatment
The SPCA of Hernando County Animal Shelter recently has been exposed to the parvovirus, and we would like our community to know what we are doing about it and what you can do to help.
It would be nice if every animal that comes through the gates of our local animal shelters had a medical record and resume attached. But the fact is, they don't. This makes all shelters vulnerable to viruses and diseases, such as the parvovirus. Every animal rescue and shelter will most likely have to deal with the canine parvovirus at some point. It is not a matter of if or when a shelter is exposed as much as it is how they deal with it that makes a difference.
A seemingly healthy puppy was recently dropped off at the SPCA. A family came to the shelter looking for a puppy and immediately fell in love with her. They filled out an adoption application and would be taking her home after she was spayed. Five days after arriving, she became lethargic and what seemed to be depressed. The next day, the staff discovered she had an upset stomach and took her to the vet immediately. When she tested positive for the canine parvovirus, we were all devastated. Two more dogs began showing the signs of the virus and were immediately sent to the animal hospital for treatment.
The parvovirus is very serious and the SPCA shelter took immediate action to keep this virus from spreading by using bleach to thoroughly clean the facility and its grounds. Some experts even recommend euthanizing the entire dog population as to prevent the spread of the virus because the cost for treatment can run anywhere from $500 to $3,000 per dog.
The SPCA of Hernando County takes pride in being a no-kill shelter and we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure the health of all animals in our care, whatever the expense — but we need your help!
When this puppy came in, she was already exposed to the parvovirus from somewhere in this county. We need the community to be educated and informed so we can all do our part in minimizing the spread of the virus and protecting our own pets.
Visit online at www.avma.org/animal_health/brochures/canine_parvo/parvo_brochure.asp for more details.
The cost to a shelter dealing with the parvovirus is financially devastating. The SPCA of Hernando County has a Second Chance Fund that is set up specifically to cover the cost of treatment for animals in our care that are medically needy.
Donations into this fund would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be sent to:
• BB&T Bank, c/o 2nd Chance Fund, 5331 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34606 (352-688-5559), or
• SPCA of Hernando County, P.O. Box 3161, Spring Hill, FL 34611, re: 2nd Chance Fund.
There will be no intake of dogs at this time and canine adoptions are on hold (cat adoptions are allowed). For updated information, please consult our Web site at www.SPCAhernando.org.
All three infected puppies have responded to treatment and are doing well. The first puppy has gone to her home, where she can recuperate under the care of her new loving family.
Charlene Lambertsen, president, SPCA of Hernando County
Thanks for help, good Samaritans
This is to express my heartfelt gratitude to three individuals who assisted me when I fell in front of Publix at Seven Hills Plaza. Their sincere concern and goodwill was so spontaneous that I almost forgot my mishap.
None of them moved away until they were convinced I was uninjured. One young man extended his arm, helping me up, and offered a parting word for me to be careful. What a great gesture on Friday the 13th.
Mary Isaac, Spring Hill