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Dog flu forces Oregon Humane Society to halt adoptions


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A bout of dog flu has forced the Oregon Humane Society to halt dog adoptions for a week.

Earlier this week, the shelter took in more than a dozen dogs from another shelter and it turns out one of them had the virus, which spread to others.

“…that caused us to immediately take precautions to not only protect those dogs, but the dogs in the shelter,” Sharon Harmon at OHS said. 

Any dogs that were exposed to the flu are being treated and moved off-site.

“I’m confident we’re going to keep this confined,” Harmon said.

“Our highest priority is the health and well-being of the pets at the Oregon Humane Society and the pets who come to OHS through our Second Chance program as well as the pets in our community,” OHS said in a press release. 

According to the American Kennel Club, just like the human flu, dog flu is airborne and can spread through contact with contaminated objects. Kennels, doggie daycares and dog parks can be a breeding ground for the disease. 

Symptoms include coughing and sneezing and the flu has to run its course before the animal feels better.

Cats and small animals aren’t affected. Humans can’t get the dog flu.

Dog adoptions are on hold until Wednesday, June 26. 

More information about the dog flu

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