DOG VIRUS OUTBREAK: Palm Beach County Animal Control Implements New Rules

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Visitors Banned From Adoption Center, Shelter.



BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control is prohibiting visitors from its adoption center following an outbreak of a respiratory illness in dogs.

Animal Care and Control shared this advisory with late Tuesday afternoon:

Recently, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control veterinary staff performed routine surveillance testing for canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) pathogens in the dog population and found that pneumovirus, a novel respiratory virus that is in the county, has been introduced to the shelter.

In an effort to keep the animals healthy, visitors will not be allowed to enter the adoption kennels. The shelter has shifted adoptions to an online platform.

Adopters may visit the shelter’s website to select their pet:  Once their selection has been made, they can submit the online adoption application. Shelter staff will contact them once their application has been approved to set up a time to meet and pick up their new pet.  If after meeting their first choice, they decline the pet, they may choose another but will have to come back another day to meet the pet. 

For those not quite ready to make a life-long commitment, please consider fostering a pet through the #HealthyHome program. Foster parents are given all of the supplies needed to take care of their foster pet.  Please be sure to check (✓) the Healthy Home Program at the top of the adoption application, and then you can pick up your pet.

Anyone interested in fostering a dog for the #HealthyHome program can choose their foster pet, put a check for the Healthy Home program and email in the application. Shelter staff will contact each applicant to set up a time to pick up the foster pet once the application has been approved.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control is located at 7100 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. For additional information and shelter hours of operation, please visit the website, or call 561-233-1200.



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