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Ringworm outbreak temporarily closes Vernon SPCA branch

Ringworm cases have temporarily closed Vernon’s SPBC branch.

Staff members are currently treating the infected animals.

“Unfortunately cases of ringworm are inevitable, and when diseases occur in the community they are brought into the shelter through abandoned and surrendered animals,” said Dr. James Lawson, chief animal health officer for the B.C. SPCA.

“It is especially challenging for shelters at this time of year because we receive so many abandoned and surrendered kittens, who are particularly susceptible to ringworm.”

The animals are being treated at the SPCA branch and Lawson said the shelter hopes to reopen “soon.”

Lawson said the affected animals are being treated at the Vernon SPCA and the shelter hopes to reopen “soon.”

“We’ll reopen as quickly as possible, but it is important that we take every precaution to ensure other animals are not exposed,” said Lawson.

The SPCA still has kittens available for adoption in Vernon foster homes – please call the shelter at 250-549-7297 for information.

While the shelter has closed to the public temporarily, it will not affect the Scotiabank and BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk happening this Sunday at 10 a.m. at BX Ranch Park, Vernon.

Lawson reminds the public that spaying and neutering is an essential part of pet guardianship.

“The B.C. SPCA takes in more than 6,000 abandoned or unwanted kittens during the summer and this wave of kittens creates many challenges, as we are seeing with these incidents of ringworm,” he said. “We urge people to do their part to keep animal populations under control in their communities.”

 

 

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