Cat adoptions are temporarily on hold at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region after several of cats tested positive for a virus.
Doctors with HSPPR say the cats are infected with "FPV." There have been five cases reported in one week, forcing the humane society to put more than 150 cats under quarantine. The virus can be deadly in young cars--very quickly.
"In underage age cats who are at risk it can be fatal in 12 to 24 hours.," Dr. Sue Lynch told 11 News.
The virus can't be spread to people.
There is a vaccine available, but it has to be administered early.
Below is a full statement by the humane society:
Very sad news to report. HSPPR is temporarily ceasing cat adoptions after several cats coming to the shelter tested positive for feline panleukopenia virus (FPV). As a result, quarantine protocol is in place, and veterinary staff is testing all cats in the building. Due to space constraints while we care for the cats currently at the shelter during this quarantine, we are temporarily not accepting owner surrendered cats.
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