Wednesday, 21 July 2021 12:15

Select BARC services available during closure due to illness precautions

BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, will reopen for select services during its precautionary closure to address an unusually high presence of upper respiratory illness.

BARC has confirmed six positive distemper cases and will remain closed to allow for additional testing of dogs that are considered high exposure to distemper. BARC will reopen for all services if incoming test results are confirmed negative. BARC is following safety protocols within the shelter and separating dogs that show signs of illness.

“This isn’t just a local issue; many states and animal shelters are currently encountering distemper outbreaks,” said BARC Shelter Director Greg Damianoff. “We urge Houstonians to please have their pets vaccinated to prevent the possible spread of illness among other pets in the community.”

Distemper symptoms may include thick nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing and, in severe cases, may affect the neurological system, causing seizures, tremors, and death. Individuals who have adopted dogs from BARC that show potential symptoms are encouraged to contact the shelter for free medical treatment.

BARC will also refund adoptions fees and accept returned animals from those who are unable or unwilling to care for potentially sick animals.

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