Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Statement
January 9, 2018
UPDATE: Our shelter, along with LTBHS Boarding, Grooming, Daycare and Training will be closed for two weeks effective January 8, 2018. We have taken every precautionary measure to ensure the health and wellbeing of all of our shelter residents, and we will continue to provide exceptional care to each and every one of them until we reopen. We would like to thank all of our supporters during this difficult time and are hopeful that upon reopening we can continue in our mission to save the lives of homeless animals in need.
Little Traverse Bay Humane Society (LTBHS) is pleased to report that we have been able to rescue over 1,000 animals in 2017. Most recently, some of these rescues were 70 puppies from the Houston, Texas area affected by Hurricane Harvey. All of these puppies would have surely been euthanized in the overwhelmed Texas infrastructure and animal shelters.
Being a part of the solution to help save these animals does not come without risks however, and sometimes heartbreak. We have a duty to report to our supporters that on this last transport, despite adhering to all vaccination protocols and proper procedures, a few puppies were previously exposed to, and have now tested positive for Distemper. This is an unusual situation, because all animals are quarantined, vaccinated and examined by a licensed veterinarian prior to transport. As we have always done and will continue to do, LTBHS operates with countless policies and procedures in place to minimize the spread of disease and illness.
This has been devastating for all involved, and we are dedicated to doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all animals in our care, as well as animals that are already in their forever homes. LTBHS is reaching out to all families who adopted animals on this transport to ensure they receive a thorough medical exam and testing done by a Little Traverse Bay Veterinary Clinic (LTBVC) veterinarian at our expense. To learn more about Canine Distemper Virus and what we are doing at LTBHS to combat this issue, please CLICK HERE.
We cannot thank our members and donors enough for their continued support in our mission to save lives. LTBHS and LTBVC are happy to answer any questions or concerns regarding this important matter. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Little Traverse Bay Veterinary Clinic at 231-622-6363.