It was a tragic scene at Garland Animal Services this week after 27 dogs were diagnosed with distemper. At least six dogs had to be euthanized, but there has been hope for many as volunteers rallied to help and save as many as they could. Distemperis extremely contagious, and all of the dogs needed to be moved out of the shelter so the facility could be thoroughly cleaned.
Volunteers from Plano to Austin came to the rescue. Tzu Zoo Rescue brought a RV to hold dogs while the healthy animals from those testing positive for distemper could be separated. Austin Pets Alive also pitched in to help.For dogs who could not be moved away by helping rescue organizations, a temporary shelter was set up inside of a covered garage where the city keeps its stockpiles of coating for icy roads.
Until 10:00 Friday evening, volunteers worked to install the temporary kennels – a triage section has been set up to treat the infected dogs. And then there are dogs who desperately need help. Garland Animal Services still has 42 dogs that need to go to rescue in order to begin a deep clean. If you are a rescue that can provide assistance, please contact the shelter today.
Check out the video that shows how people really do make a difference. We are truly proud of everyone are helping. Please don’t stop now.
Check out the shelter’s Amazon wish list here.
Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.
Dumped dog is dead just weeks after she was adopted from CA shelter – learn more here.