The Brandywine Valley SPCA is assisting ACCT Philly with an offsite quarantine facility as an upper respiratory illness spreads among ACCT Philly dogs at the hunting park.
Brandywine staff are providing care to the 90 dogs deemed “exposed” to upper respiratory disease, ACCT Philly said. The shelter has also seen an increase in a stronger strain, called pneumovirus.
Despite ACCT Philly’s efforts to contain the outbreak, a veterinarian and disease expert advised the shelter to segregate the existing dog population to protect exposed animals and the community, according to ACCT Philly. That’s when they called the Brandywine SPCA to help them with quarantine space.
Photos: New quarantine facility for ACCT Philly
The new quarantine facility on Tulip Street in Kensington was put in place over the weekend and will remain open for up to three weeks, according to the BVSPCA.
Sarah Barnett, Acting Co-Executive Director of ACCT Philly, said she was grateful to the BVSPCA.
“As soon as we recognized the seriousness of this matter, we engaged our entire support network of partners and volunteers to ensure we were doing all we could to protect dogs in Philadelphia,” Barnett said. “With over a dozen of our 24 animal care stations vacant, we could never have started this lifesaving event without the help of our partners and volunteers.
As of Tuesday, ACCT Philly says it is not welcoming any animals unless they are a risk to public safety, injury or suffering and requiring humane euthanasia.
ACCT Philly says dogs will still be available for adoption through foster homes and medically cleared dogs will be available for adoption beginning Thursday, May 5 at West Hunting Park Avenue facilities. The property remains open for cat adoptions, as cats are housed separately from dogs.