Health & Wellness

Butler County Shelter Re-opens But They Still Need Your Help

Quarantined for two weeks because of a virus, bills for cleanup are mounting

Having an outbreak of a highly contagious dog virus is bad enough, but having to deal with the aftermath is almost as bad. That's the situation faced by the folks at the Butler County Humane Society in Renfrew, PA.

The no-kill shelter re-opened today after being closed for the past two weeks while the shelter's dogs were quarantined and the shelter disinfected. The staff decided to close after a rescue dog tested positive for the parvovirus last month. While they're glad to be open again, shelter officials say the kennels are at maximum capacity because they couldn't adopt out any animals while they were closed. So if you've been thinking about pet adoption they say now is the time.

Shelter staff decided to close in order to prevent the spread of highly contagious and potentially deadly parvovirus.

The financial burden has been tough as well. Medical bills to treat sick animals are over $10,000 according to their Facebook page, so they're pretty desperate for donations.

The shelter's special raised kennel beds were disinfected, but the pads for the beds had to be thrown away.

They also need pet toys and dog beds since they had to throw most of theirs away. The shelter is also having to replace the pads on their Kuranda kennel beds. Boxes and bags of replacement items are coming in every day but they still need more.

Donations are coming in, but the shelter can still use dog beds and toys since they had to throw theirs away.

On their Facebook page, the shelter's leaders are thanking supporters for helping them through a difficult time. "This journey hasn't been easy on anyone, staff, volunteers, healthy and sick animals, our finances., but we know we will be stronger because of it. Thank you for always answering our call and for standing by our side.."

"In times of crisis we band together as a team and our community of animal lovers have been our biggest cheerleaders." Butler County Humane Society Facebook Page

If you'd like to help, click here to find out how to make a donation of money or items to the shelter.If you're interested in helping replace the covers for their kennel beds, click here.

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