Quarantine is Lifted, Dog Adoptions Resume This Weekend

The two week wait is over and the Williamson County Animal Control & Adoption Center resumes dog adoptions at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5th. Shelter director Doug Brightwell reports that “no other dogs have presented with any symptoms or signs of distemper. The quarantine period served its purpose and prevented any spread of the disease. We now have a shelter full of healthy dogs that will be ready for adoption Friday.”  The shelter’s main office at 106 Claude Yates Dr. is open for adoptions Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The shelter will also resume outside adoption events on Saturday, April 6 with an event at Harley Davidson of Cool Springs next to Cool Springs Galleria Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information, contact the Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center at (615) 790-5590.

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Canine Distemper Halts Dog Adoptions at WCAC&AC

The Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center (WCAC) will be closed for dog adoptions until April 5, 2013. This is a precautionary measure due to one confirmed case of canine distemper discovered in the shelter’s dog population on Friday, March 22, 2013. In order to protect the remaining dog population at the shelter, all dogs currently in the shelter’s care are quarantined for the duration of the possible incubation period of two weeks.

The cat population at the shelter is not affected by this quarantine, and the cat adoption area will remain open. The center will also be open for intakes of both dogs and cats; an area of the shelter has been thoroughly disinfected for new intake animals.  However, to further minimize risk, the shelter is asking the public to limit pet surrenders, if possible, during the two week period.

Dogs adopted from the Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center between March 4 and March 22 are at a slight risk for exposure, according to shelter director Doug Brightwell, who stated, “If your dog develops any signs of an upper respiratory infection, please contact your veterinarian.”

“The shelter will reopen the dog adoption area once the incubation period for the disease has safely passed,” said Brightwell, “and our current dog population is deemed healthy.”

If you have any questions about the health of your recently adopted dog, please contact shelter staff at (615) 790-5590.

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