Cincinnati Animal CARE saves lives during CDV

More dogs fully recovered and cleared of Canine Distemper Virus

What began with nearly 40 infected dogs housed in a separate quarantine facility due to Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), Cincinnati Animal CARE’s medical staff has cleared nearly all remaining affected dogs with one dog awaiting a negative test. The remaining dog is expected to fully recover and live a normal, healthy life, just as dozens of other dogs have through this crisis.  

CDV forced CAC to restrict some daily operations between April and June and open two new facilities to protect all new incoming dogs and to quarantine those who had been infected. Cincinnati Animal CARE’s main shelter location at 3949 Colerain Ave and the shelter’s new intake facility at 4210 Dane Ave – both in Northside – are now fully reopened to adopters and fosters. These locations are open daily from 1pm-6pm with no appointments necessary. 

“These dogs would not be here today without the tireless efforts of our team,” said Ray Anderson, Community Engagement Manager. “To see more dogs cleared and the remaining one recovering so well in a municipal shelter environment? It’s an incredible feat.”

Patty, a CDV survivor who was adopted this month!

Since CDV was discovered in the shelter and in the community in April, CAC tested and retested more than 300 dogs with guidance from Dr. Cynda Crawford of the University of Florida, who specializes in CDV outbreaks in shelters nationwide and has assisted more than 100 shelters housing 10,000 dogs in the past 5 years. 

“Despite the fact Cincinnati CARE has the municipal contract [requiring the continued intake of stray dogs], they made the decision to save as many lives as possible,” said Dr. Crawford. “I will say they are part of a very small club. Most municipal shelters I’ve worked with don’t have resources to keep infected dogs [alive].”

Visit Cincinnati Animal CARE at 3949 Colerain Ave to meet your new best friend! Your adoption fee includes vaccines, spay/neuter surgery, and microchip!

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