St. Johns County Animal Control needs to sanitize their shelter, and they’re counting on your help.
“In order to decontaminate, we need to find homes for our canines,” says Animal Control Director Paul Studivant.
He says they’ve uncovered a bacteria in the kennel that is more aggressive than some of the problems they often treat, like kennel cough. He believes it was brought in by one of the dogs they took in, although they haven’t determined which.
The bacteria is treatable with antibiotics, but in order to make sure it doesn’t resurface, they need to clean the kennels with a high solution containing a high concentration of bleach. That solution can’t be used with dogs still in the facility, so Animal Control has waived all adoption fees in an effort to find long term homes.
When they first decided to stop intake and work toward clearing out the shelter, Studivant says they had 50 dogs. As of Tuesday morning, only nine remained.
“It’s surprising, but it’s very much appreciated. I wish it was like that every day,” he says of the support he’s seen from the community.
The goal is to have the kennel ready to repopulate on November 30th, meaning they will start taking in dogs again and relocating dogs currently being held at an offsite facility.
Studivant says it’s important to make sure your dogs are properly vaccinated. If you see symptoms including a persistent cough or discharge from your dog’s eyes or nose, you should seek help from a vet.
The Pet Center remains open for feline operations.