Disease forces shelter to stop intake of cats until Sept. 26 | Archives


The Lee County Government Health Department has reported a confirmed case of feline panleukopenia on the county animal shelter, which has forced Animal Services to suspend intake of any latest cats on the shelter until Sept. 26.

Feline panleukopenia is a highly contagious gastrointestinal disease affecting cats that proves fatal usually. After consulting with the county veterinarian on how best to combat the disease, Animal Services has begun implementing the essential protocols and the technique of disinfecting the power.

Rescue groups and individuals who’ve adopted felines from the shelter previously two weeks have been contacted and notified of the feline’s possible exposure to the disease. Shelter staff can be found to assist answer any questions and supply information to anyone who has recently adopted a feline from Animal Services.

During this time, the shelter will proceed to simply accept and adopt out canines from the power, as there aren’t any known risks to canines. There’s also no risk to humans from the disease.

For more information, please contact Animal Services at 919-776-7446.