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An educational workshop at the Cleveland County Animal Shelter on April 17 will help shelters address North Carolina’s recent widespread distemper virus outbreak.
“The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to be able to provide free training to help these shelters get through the distemper outbreak and properly manage disease control in the future,” said Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The Humane Society of United States, which is co-hosting the event with the North Carolina Animal Federation. “Many of our shelters struggle due to budget cuts, pet overpopulation, limited resources, and aging facilities. This training will help address some of their most pressing issues.”
Several North Carolina counties reported distemper virus outbreaks this year. The disease is easily preventable through vaccination.
“The timing of this training is critical as several counties in North Carolina have recently experienced outbreaks of distemper in their shelters,” said Shelly Moore, NCAF officer and president and CEO of the Humane Society of Charlotte. “Animals are coming in unvaccinated from the community and the shelters are left with managing the disease the best that they can. NCAF wants to reach out and provide some useful tools to these groups to assist them in better dealing with this crisis.”
Learn more about distemper and be sure your dog's vaccinations are current!