Cabarrus County Animal Shelter suspends cat adoptions and intakes through August 25

Staff working to contain Panleukopenia outbreak

Aug. 23, 2017—Due to an outbreak of Panleukopenia among its cat population, the Cabarrus County Animal Shelter (244 Betsy Carpenter Pl SW, Concord) will not offer cat adoptions and will not take surrendered or stray cats through August 25.
 
On Tuesday, August 22, staff discovered cats showing symptoms of the highly contagious illness, including vomiting diarrhea and lethargy. Staff immediately notified the staff veterinarian and officials at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, and began procedures to contain the outbreak and sanitize the facility.
 
Panleukopenia symptoms can go undetected for up to two weeks. The shelter did not place cats with any families in the last two weeks. Shelter staff is currently working to contact rescue organizations in custody of cats that may have been exposed to the illness.
 
The shelter will operate normal hours for its other services, including reclaiming pets, dog adoptions and rescues.