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Feline Panleukopenia (FPV) and what it’s done.

We’d like to share with you the devastating and emotional toll the loss of tiny lives have had on our shelter. We realize that not all of our followers and supporters use Facebook, so we have pulled together the information that has been posted on our Facebook page to share with you here in our blog about our fight against the Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV).

What is Feline Panleukopenia (FPV)?  The AVMA provides great information about this disease.  Please CLICK HERE to learn more.

How did the shelter get FPV?

6/13/2017 Facebook Posting:

The Humane Society of Charles County is currently closed for a medical quarantine of the feline panleukopenia virus. We are not euthanizing healthy or vaccinated felines and are closing to disinfect the shelter to eliminate the spread of the virus. We will reopen on Monday, June 19. We are unable to take in or adopt out any animals. If you have an animal to surrender, we strongly encourage you to take it to Tri-County animal shelter until further notice. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Additional Details: We are an open intake shelter, and with that comes the fact that many strays surrendered to HSCC have lived outside and have not been properly vaccinated. This was the instance with kittens that were dropped off at our shelter and tested positive for the feline panleukopenia virus. Once this virus is detected, we go into overdrive to clean every single area in the shelter whether it needs it or not. To contain the virus, it is very important not to expose other kittens/cats, and therefore are asking that no strays or owner surrenders come in to our shelter at this time. We will also not be adopting out until we can make sure that we have cleaned from top to bottom and that all animals are healthy and free from this virus. To read more about the feline panleukopenia virus, please visit this link:  http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2139&aid=222

6/15/2017 Facebook Posting:

Some days are tough, and some days are even tougher! The past couple of days have been emotional for us as a shelter with the fact that we are dealing with the feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) due to kittens/cats that have lived outside and were surrendered to our shelter with FPV. For more information on this highly contagious virus that affects cats/kittens that have not been properly vaccinated against this disease, please Click HERE .

As you might know, it’s been difficult not being able to help these tiniest kittens that came in with the virus, but we are once again reminded of how wonderful our community is when help is needed.

Since closing the shelter and providing information on why we were closing, ServPro of Charles County, reached out to us and offered to come into the shelter with their knowledge and expertise to disinfect and clean the shelter from top to bottom free of charge! We are so eternally grateful for this act of kindness; you just don’t know!

We are so truly humbled by the offer of help from not only ServPro of Charles County, but from the community as well asking if there is anything they can do during this time.

So we thought about some things the community can do not only during this time, but anytime!

1) Trap/Neuter/Return Community Cats. The Humane Society of Charles County has a program in place to help stop the unwanted litters of free roaming/community cats. Volunteers will humanely trap, spay/neuter for free, and return the cat to the area where it has lived, voila, no more litters! Read all about the program here: http://humanesocietycc.org/forever-friends-community-outre…/

2) Spay/neuter your personal pets. The Humane Society has grants that can be used to provide FREE or reduced spay/neuters for personal pets for families who are on fixed incomes. For more information on this grant, http://humanesocietycc.org/free-spay-neuter-program/

3) Volunteer. Here at our shelter, or with a local rescue organization, just get involved and volunteer, the animals need you! All of us need our community to help and get involved to make a change in the lives of pets! Visit http://humanesocietycc.org/volunteer/ for more information about volunteering

4) Foster. Our shelter is only but so big, we depend heavily on foster families to foster kittens, dogs, puppies for a number of reasons. For more information about fostering, visit http://humanesocietycc.org/foster/

5) Donate. When you donate, you allow our shelter to continue to take in abandoned, sick and homeless pets offering them shelter until a new home can be found. Donating is easy, http://humanesocietycc.org/donate/

6) SHOP — Now this is a fun one! If you have ever shopped using Amazon, you can help! Amazonsmile makes it easy for you to designate a charity and a portion of your proceeds will be donated to the charity that you have designated! http://humanesocietycc.org/shopping-to-g…/shop-amazon-smile/

Everyone can do something to make a difference.

6/17/2017 Facebook Posting:

We want to bring you up to date about our handling of the Feline panleukopenia outbreak HSCC is experiencing. We can tell you without a doubt that we have been and we are following protocols, trying to save as many cats and kittens as we can. The Feline panleukopenia protocols were instituted immediately ​upon diagnosis ​per Shelter medicine guidelines. Our hearts are breaking with the losses. We have been and we are going above and beyond what is outlined as proper protocol cleaning and containment procedures including ServPro of Charles County deep cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing the shelter. We are so very limited in our space to house infected animals that we even created a temporary isolation unit in one of our ​barns complete with plastic barriers and air conditioners. It is absolutely true that the ground zero event for our Feline panleukopenia outbreak was a litter of kittens brought in and surrendered to us as strays by the person dropping them off. We have not made up any stories. We have not lied to the public. We do vaccinate all ​cats coming through our doors except kittens under 6 weeks of age because they are simply not old enough which leaves them susceptible to panleukopenia. Most of all WE CARE!!! We are trying so hard to save these little felines. Please don’t think for a minute that we are not doing the right thing or that we are making up stories or that we can not be trusted. It goes beyond a doubt that we are humane and so very caring and we always will be. We so appreciate and value the support of our community while we are dealing with this very challenging and difficult situation. This is unbelievably hard on the staff members who love and care for these animals. We thank you for keeping us in your thoughts.  Click the link to learn more about this disease https://www.avma.org/…/petc…/pages/Feline-Panleukopenia.aspx

6/20/2017 Facebook Posting:

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

We have now been battling the Feline Panleukopenia virus for more than two weeks and our expenses continue to mount. We need to raise $15,000 this week to make ends meet while we try to save the lives of our most vulnerable cats and kittens. We wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t absolutely necessary.

Can you please spare $10, $25, $50, $100, $250 or even $500?

​If you can help, please donate. The donation link to help is below or if you would prefer you can drop off your donation at the shelter.

http://humanesocietycc.org/donate/

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

6/21/2017 Facebook Posting:

As we continue to recover from the Feline Panleuk Virus or (FPV) that has plagued our shelter and has taken so many tiny lives, we want to let you know that we will be working diligently to ensure the safety of our kittens/cats and our customers.
We want you to know what you may encounter when you visit our shelter:
1) HSCC team members and volunteers cleaning throughout the day, walls, lights, door knobs, mopping, wiping off all surfaces with sanitizer. Please don’t be alarmed, we are going above and beyond to stop FPV.
2) Signs throughout the shelter with literature available on FPV to educate our cat/kitten lovers and those wanting to adopt a kitten or cat.
3) Extra counseling provided to ALL who handle or adopt a cat during this time.
4) Quarantine signs – please don’t be alarmed, we are ensuring that our cats/kittens and our public are safe and are being very cautious and going above and beyond what is recommended.
If you currently own a cat/kitten, and would like to adopt, we will be asking you to provide proof of vaccinations for your personal family felines.
We continue to ask for your support during this difficult time as we recover from this deadly virus that has taken such a physical and emotional toll on our shelter. Our number 1 goal is caring for and keeping our tiniest felines safe from this hideous virus, as well as educating the community on FPV.
If you would like to donate, please click on the pictures below to be taken to our donate link.
We again thank you for your patience as we heal.

7/5/2017 Update on our Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) Facebook Posting @ 12:15 pm

We’d like to update our supporters and the community on the FPV that took its toll starting in early June.

Currently, to ensure the health and safety of the public and the current kittens/cats in the shelter, our free roaming cat room and kitten room are quarantined and being monitored. We are scheduled to open these rooms back up to the public on Monday, July 10. We are hopeful that the virus has been eradicated from the shelter due to continuous cleaning protocols.

It is devastating to state that we lost 72 tiny kittens and 4 cats due to FPV. It has simply been a very draining, emotional and devastating June.

We currently have 177 kittens and 72 cats that were not affected. These kittens and cats are either at the shelter, in foster homes, and both Petco’s in Waldorf, and La Plata. The kittens currently at the offsite locations (Petco in Waldorf & La Plata) are available for adoption now.

We will continue to update our supporters with information as it becomes available.

We thank you for your continuous financial support and your unwavering compassion during this time. We are still in need of donations to help make ends meet. Please continue to share our need for donations due to the financial toll of having to close the shelter and cease all adoptions. The adoption fees help us care, feed and house all of our homeless pets. With having to close the shelter during the FPV, you can imagine it has put us in a terrible financial bind.

If you can spare $5, $10 or more and continue to help us “claw” our way out of this financial crisis please donate here: https://www.paypal.me/helpthekittens

For ALL information about FPV and how it has taken such an emotion and devastating toll on our shelter, please visit our blog here: http://humanesocietycc.org/emotional-devastating-toll-open-intake-shelter/

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The above information are all postings to our Facebook wall.  We wanted to bring this information to our supporters who DO NOT USE OR FOLLOW FACEBOOK.  Since we have had to close the shelter for roughly 2 weeks, you can image it has taken a financial toll on the shelter to allow us to even make ends meet.

If at all possible, we are asking for the communities help Facebook Posting 6/20/2017 above.  We need donations!  Any amount will help us try and heal from this sad time, so that we may continue to help the animals that are currently in our care.  If you can donate, please click on the kitten below.  Every bit helps!

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