In Munster, the Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA) adoption center reopened last week after weeks of battling canine flu. HSCA is now open for adoptions, and the center, located at 421 45th Ave., Munster, Ind., will host a grand reopening event on May 7 from noon to 5:30 p.m. Adoption fees will be waived for the superhero dogs and cats that battled the flu and won. The event also will feature a scavenger hunt, raffle prizes and treats.
HSCA announced late last week that test results had confirmed that the dogs and cats repeatedly tested negative for Canine Influenza (CIV) H3N2. While canine flu cases have been popping up in Chicago for more than a year now, this is the first time that HSCA had experienced a respiratory disease of this severity, HSCA CEO Rachel Delaney said.
“Thanks to the support and generosity of the community and the hard work of our staff and volunteers, HSCA was able to overcome this very trying time,” Delaney said.
The shelter, closed to the public in mid-March when the flu virus spread quickly throughout the kennel. Within a couple of days, all of the 98 dogs housed at the shelter at the time were showing symptoms of the virus. Later testing revealed that several cats were positive for CIV H3N2, the first time a cat had tested positive on sequential testing in the U.S.
After weeks of supportive treatment and loving care, the dogs and cats all recovered. Testing provided by Merck Animal Health and Dr. Sandra Newbury, director of the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, confirmed last week that all animals were negative for the virus.
All adoptions require an approved application and standard adoption procedures apply. Adoption fees will be waived for adult dogs and cats only. Some exclusions and additional fees may apply.
For more information, visit www.hscalumet.org.