Humane societies and animal shelters across the country are known for doing everything they can to find dogs new, loving homes but one Canadian shelter has recently made a heartbreaking decision to euthanize all their dogs.
The Gander And Area SPCA in Newfoundland has come to the difficult decision after all their dogs were exposed to and infected with a devastating and incurable virus.
In a heart-wrenching Facebook post, the SPCA writes that a puppy coming into their care was found to have Canine Distemper Virus, a highly contagious and incurable disease that causes respiratory, digestive, and nervous system problems in dogs.
Only about half the dogs who get the virus will survive. Those who do will be left with serious nerve damage while also still spreading the infection to other dogs months after their initial infection.
Distemper has now spread through the SPCA. While they originally attempted to contain the virus to just the puppies, due to lack of isolated rooms, it has spread to many adult dogs as well. The outbreak has rocked the shelter, who have confirmed that after many consultations they have made the very difficult to euthanize all their dogs who show signs of distemper.
According to their post, only two of the dogs in their care, including Kali pictured below, will be saved since they have shown no signs of the virus yet but they will remain in quarantine for the foreseeable future.
Now the SPCA is urging the public to get their dogs vaccinated against canine distemper and other fatal viruses so that no one else has to endure the heartbreak they are currently going through.