Norfolk Animal Care Center partially closed after parvo exposure

The Norfolk Animal Care Center will suspend all dog owner discounts, including emergency cases, for a period of 14 days.

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk animal shelter is partially closed to the public following exposure to canine parvovirus (CPV), a highly contagious viral disease.

The Norfolk Animal Care Center (NACC) will suspend all dog owner discounts, including emergency cases, for a period of 14 days. The shelter said all new arrivals will be tested for CPV and CPV immunity, then vaccinated upon admission.

“Unfortunately, this is one of those illnesses that is so common in this type of environment,” said Ramon Villatoro, director of operations for the shelter.

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The return to owner process for stray animals will remain the same and will include disclosure about possible exposure to CPV.

Villatoro said shelter staff will also perform additional sanitization measures in the dog-only area during the 14-day period and wear PPE during all cleaning and handling.

“Our staff wear PPE, so they wear gowns, gloves, shoe covers every time they enter this part of the faculty, and we also clean a little differently to better combat this infectious disease,” a- he declared.

Dogs with positive immunity and classified as unexposed will still be available for adoption, but the NACC will transition to virtual or telephone adoption consultations. If you are interested in adopting one of the shelter dogs, you should call them at (757) 441-5505.

CPV causes an infectious gastrointestinal disease in puppies and young dogs, and without treatment it is potentially fatal, according to the American Kennel Club website.

The virus can live outside of a dog’s body for a period of time, making it easier to transmit from dog to dog. A dog can shed the virus before showing symptoms, making early detection extremely difficult.

Exposure to CPV only affects the dog adoption area. The NACC will always be open for adoptions of cats and small mammals.

Benjamin M. Yerger