Originally Posted by gizmocat
I, too, would like to know why vaccinated adults had to die along with the young kittens.
Yes So would I
Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I don't fully understand why they put all the kitties down. I understand the unvaccinated kitties, or those who just got vaccinations. I understand putting down the kittens. But any adult cats who had been vaccinated would not have died from distemper (IMO).
Of course, that would shut the shelter down from accepting new cats/kittens. And most people would be afraid to adopt the adults from them. Maybe they decided that not accepting new kittens for a longer period of time would cost more lives than simply euthanizing everyone.
You are right Beckiboo
It would shut the shelter down in so far as accepting unvaccinated
Cats and Kittens,
You are right is would not/should not stop them from carrying on their work.
Originally Posted by Callista
This is my question exactly--if the cats over 4 weeks were vaccinated as soon as they entered the shelter, why were these euthanized? Doesn't a vaccine mean that they probably can't get parvo--or does the one in a hundred chance that the vaccine didn't take make it reasonable to put them all to sleep?
Any shelter people here who can shed some light?
I would like to answer your questions Callista if I may,Parvovirus is transmitted by contact and can live in the environment for up to twelve months as you all probably know.
The virus is not easily killed but it can be by disinfectants.
I asked myself the same questions you all did,because this is absolutely shocking to me and completely senseless.
I volunteer my time for cat welfare in the uk.Our rescues consist of re-homing centres/shelters ,where cats go to after
they have been assessed for their personality and free from any viruses or diseases.
Before the cats go to the re-homing centres/shelters they are taken in by a network of volunteers who have what we call pens,they are a like a shed with a run-in for the cats,and are looked after completely by volunteers in their own back yard/garden
This is a side view
This is a front view
All new cats or kittens are kept in quarantine in cages for a max of two weeks before they are put in the pens.
When the incubation periods of viruses have lapsed they are then put in the pens and they will either go to the re-homing shelter (if there are any places) or they will be re-homed straight from the pens after being viewed by potential owners.
The practices used in that
'shelter' you are asking about Callista would not even be considered anywhere in the uk.
We had an outbreak of parvo virus in our pens, after the kittens had been in quarantine but before the kittens had their jabs,the kittens had been transferred to the pens while waiting inocculations.
Unfortunately the virus must have been transmitted by a visitor who,although told not to touch the kittens went ahead and put their fingers through the bars.
Five of our kittens died from feline parvo virus and another nine were in the vets for treatment for two days ( all nine lived and went to their forever homes)eventually!!
The remaing kittens that hadn't been affected by the virus were kept in the pens as were the other adult cats and not once was it considered to put them all to sleep.
Our pens(that were affected by parvo) now at the moment are only being used to house vaccinated cats.
Because they are made of wood, disinfection would not be 100% to kill the virus.
I find it shocking and unbelieveable that a shelter could kill vaccinated cats like they did.
Maybe things are different in the usa,but I personally don't think so......I think the administrators of the shelter decided that it would be cheaper to euthanise them all and disinfect the whole shelter than deal with the vets bills that could occur......
I personally think the administrators of the shelter over-reacted big time.....but lets not forget the people who worked at the shelter,they would have known it was an over reaction....but could do absolutely nothing.My heart aches for those workers/volunteers.