Animal shelter clears out, cleans up after illness outbreak

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Huntsville Animal Service issued an urgent call for help and you responded. A stagnant disease in the air threatened the lives of the dogs in the shelter. But after WHNT News 19 took to social media, the animals were quickly adopted and fostered.

“We’ve had a wonderful, wonderful response from the public, and I am so happy and pleased that they have done this,” said Karen Buchan, Care Supervisor for Huntsville Animal Services.

Three days after Huntsville Animal Services issued an urgent call for help, things are much quieter at the shelter.

“We had over 200 animals, but that included some of the cats, too, but we’re down to maybe 20 dogs,” said Buchan. Earlier this week, animal services asked the public to immediately foster or adopt dogs due to the spread of a respiratory illness.  Cleaning crews needed to scrub the shelter down.

“We’re disinfecting every single nook and corner that you can think of, and we’ve got to get that ventilation cleared out, cleaned up so that we don’t have this problem again,” said Buchan. The illness claimed the lives of three adult dogs and a puppy. It may have been worse without our viewers responding to the call to action.

“With the help of Channel 19 coming out here to get the word out, that was wonderful, it really helped us out.”

Huntsville Animal Services still urges you to fill out foster paperwork to help the shelter out by giving furry friends a good home.

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  • Jessica

    My family and I are fostering a.puppy from the shelter and we are falling with him even though we are dead set against getting another animal we already gave him and started training him and soon as the money comes available we are going to adopt him if it wasn’t for the outbreak and the dogs needing to be fostered we would have never found.him

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