Columbus County animal shelter upgrades kennels and vaccination program

Columbus County Animal Control (Photo: Joey Prince)

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Changes are happening at the Columbus County Animal Shelter.

Animal Control Manager Joey Prince says crews from the maintenance department are working now to modernize and upgrade the kennels to prevent water and other biological materials from seeping from one kennel to the other.

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Prince says in addition to the heath benefit, this will help prevent the spread of contagious diseases. Plus, the new kennel rebuild will make cleaning the kennels less time consuming, freeing shelter staff for additional tasks.

This redesign of the kennels has been a long term goal of the shelter.

Some disease such as kennel cough (bordatella) are highly contagious in the shelter environment, and this improvement should show an immediate, positive impact on the health of the pups. Also, prevention of disease outbreaks will further reduce the cost of future veterinary bills, Prince says.

Also, the shelter will be adding additional vaccinations for each dog that enters the shelter. Animals will now be given vaccinations for diseases caused by canine distemper  virus, infectious canine hepatitis caused by canine adenovirus type 1, respiratory disease caused by canine adenovirus type 2, canine parainfluenza caused by canine parainfluenza  virus, and canine parvoviral enteritis caused by canine parvovirus and CPV-2c.

All animals will continue to receive the rabies vaccination as required by law.

This move will also represent a cost saving for the operation of the shelter, as the vaccinations will be purchased under the Zoetis for Shelters program. This program will allow the shelter to have healthier animals, and prevent the spread of disease while animals are looking for their forever homes.  Animals suspected to be pregnant or animals that are nursing upon their entry into the shelter will continue to be evaluated by veterinary staff before they are vaccinated.