Posted by Debra Worley - email
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Dog adoptions at the Brunswick County Animal Shelter will resume Monday after being quarantined for several weeks for distemper.
The Brunswick County Shelter Veterinarian and experts at NC State University have determined it is safe to adopt the animals.
"The community based distemper outbreak continues and our shelter staff is aggressively instituting the recommendations from our Veterinarians in the hopes of controlling its spread," said Don Yousey, Brunswick County Health Director in a statement.
Anyone adopting dogs from the shelter should know they are taking a risk and are welcome to return any dogs that become ill after adoption. The shelter does not adopt out any animal known to be sick, but symptoms often do not appear until months after initial exposure.
The shelter said dogs will not be adopted into any home with existing unvaccinated animals.
To keep animals healthy, Brunswick County Animal Services encourages pet owners to ensure proper vaccinations and to separate their pets to prevent exposure to unvaccinated or sick animals, as well as to make sure their pet's shots are up to date.