The animal rescue community of San Antonio is reaching out to find fosters after several dogs in one of San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS) kennels came down with Parvo on Tuesday. That kennel is now being quarantined and the whole facility cleaned.
ACS is not killing any dogs in the quarantined kennel who appear healthy. Adult dogs may have had DAPP shots, as all dogs are supposed to have, and therefore will be able fight off the virus. However, ACS cannot take in any litters of puppies until the Parvo outbreak is over. Puppies will catch the disease if exposed.
San Antonio Pets Alive! (SAPA) is working with ACS and asking for volunteer fosters to take incoming puppies into their home for two to three weeks. To foster, you need to fill out and send the foster application. If you can foster immediately, fill out and send the application online and then go to the SAPA office located at Animal Care Services 4710 Hwy 151 to pick out a foster. Staff will assist you with finding a pet, and assign a foster mentor and medical contact should any questions arise. Hours are Monday-Friday: 11am-7pm , Saturday: 11am-5pm, and Sunday: 12pm-4pm.
It is clear how crucial your help is that they want you to fill out your application and then get in your car to come get a dog! Of course you may also choose to wait for a response to your application. However, because they are so busy due to the outbreak, they likely will not be contacting applicants right away. They ask that you just go to the office after applying. But if you want to email them at email@example.com, you will get a quick response from answering any questions and clarifying any details prior to your picking up a foster.
Applications are likely to be approved, but if you rent – you should check with your landlord before fostering in case there are breed regulations or other rules that would prevent your fostering.
SAPA will provide the medical care and can assist with food, but they ask that you are capable of supplying crates or puppy pens & other miscellaneous supplies needed for caring for an animal. Of course donations are welcome!
New puppies should not come into the shelter building at all as they do not have immunity. SAPA needs volunteers who can sit in the parking lot during the day with the A/C on and “hold” incoming puppies until fosters are sent out to the car to take them. Many volunteers are needed.
Of course SAPA also has adult dogs that need fostering. This is also an emergency need. Because kennel space is now limited at ACS, SAPA needs to get the dogs they have into foster so they can take more dogs from ACS. Although ACS is making efforts towards No Kill, 72 hours is the minimum time a dog must be kept and many do not make it past that time limit. They are killed after three days.
Parvo is not a threat to vaccinated animals, but is the reason why puppies are not supposed to play with other dogs until after their second round of vaccinations. Parvo is always present in the wild, as is distemper, and dogs who are exposed to raccoons, coyotes, foxes etc. are at risk. We live with Parvo. So this is not a situation where you protect your dog during this particular outbreak. You must protect your dog at all times by getting the DAPP vaccination.