BARC temporarily not accepting animals to combat upper respiratory illness

- The City of Houston's animal shelter is seeking foster homes for pets.

The BARC shelter is temporarily not accepting new animals because of an unusually high presence of upper respiratory illness at shelter. Animal in-take will be closing Tuesday, April 10 through Monday, April 16. The regular wellness programs and spay/neuter clinic will also be closed.

If you can foster or adopt, they are trying to find homes for their heathy animals so they can keep them from getting sick, too. 

"So we're going to try to clear the shelter of as many animals as we can so that we can do a deep cleaning and then start some new protocols to be able to better isolate animals coming in without introducing them to the general population," BARC director Greg Damianoff said.

The shelter has quarantined dogs who have tested positive for distemper. Symptoms of distemper include thick nasal discharge, coughing and sneezing.

If you adopted a dog from BARC within the last month and they have those symptoms, contact the shelter.

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