Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Regional Animal Adoption Center reopens for dog adoptions following Parvo scare

The Keller-based Regional Animal Adoption Center also serving Colleyville, Southlake and Westlake reopened
its dog adoption services on schedule Friday after spending a week responding to the threat of Parvo.

Keller police stopped all dog showings and adoptions Thursday, June 20, after two cases of the highly
contagious virus were confirmed in newly admitted dogs. Animal Services staff and volunteers have spent the
week following best practices protocol in response to Parvo, including sanitizing the center, observing and
testing the animals, and caring for the sick.

“It’s been an incredible team effort,” Lt. Mike Wilson said. “By acting quickly, we only lost one dog to the
virus. The other four that contracted Parvo are in the care of rescue groups and pet fosters, expected to make full
recoveries, and the animals currently at the center are showing no signs of illness.”

With Parvo more common in the spring and summer, Regional Animal Services officers are urging dog owners
to take the following steps to protect their pets:

  • Make sure your dog or puppy is up to date on all vaccinations, including the vaccination for parvo
  • Keep your pet away from the feces of other dogs
  • Remove animal feces from your yard frequently
  • Keep food bowls and animal bedding clean

Pet owners are advised to watch their dogs carefully for symptoms of the virus, which include loss of appetite,
vomiting, dehydration, fever, depression, lethargy and diarrhea.  For more information about the Regional Animal Adoption Center please click here.