It’s not known when Bandaged Paws will reopen its Safe Haven facility after staff found that a puppy had been exposed to Parvovirus. The building has been under quarantine and closed to visitors since late October.
Spokesperson Drew Rogers says that while the puppy is under the care of veterinarians and doing well, they aren’t in a rush to reopen at this point.
“The worst thing we could do is open up too quickly so we’re just going to take our time, make sure that not only the facility is nice and clean but we’ve got the proper protocols set up for the future.”
Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral illness, most commonly seen in puppies between six weeks and six months old. It can be spread between dogs who have come in contact with another infected animal or their feces.
Since the closure, Rogers says staff have been working with a few experts to see what kind of protocols they can put in place in order to prevent something like this in the future.
“They’ve been advising the staff as far as what the best measures moving forward [are] just to fully decontaminate the facility and just coming up with new protocols for future visitation for the public, for volunteers [and] for staff.”
“Obviously we want these animals to eventually be adopted so being closed is not ideal for that but we need to make sure that they are absolutely safe and make sure that there’s no spread of the Parvovirus,” he adds.
While Rogers believes this is an isolated incident, anyone who may have concerns about a previous visit to the facility prior to the closure can get in touch with the rescue online, on Facebook or by phone at 780-380-7279.