Shelter closes dog viewing room to contain “kennel cough”

Adam Curtis Public Affairs Press Releases

The Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center is suspending public access to its primary dog viewing area and is putting dog walking on hold for about two weeks as staff ensures cases of “kennel cough” are contained.

The small dog room and cat room will still be open for viewing and adoptions. Large dog adoptions are suspended. Customer service will be available as usual.

Kennel cough is the common name of a highly contagious respiratory disease affecting dogs. With proper care and treatment, symptoms typically remain mild and infected dogs are no longer contagious after about 10 days. Dogs showing symptoms will be quarantined and treated. Staff will observe all other dogs for signs of infection and will disinfect their kennels daily.

“While cases of kennel cough are typically no worse than a common cold, it’s important that we limit exposure to keep our dogs healthy and get them ready for adoptions again as soon as we can,” Animal Control Supervisor Arleen Garcia says. “We ask that owners hold off on turning in any dogs into the shelter for the next two weeks to help conserve kennel space while large dog adoptions are suspended.”

For more information, call the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center at (520) 459-4151. The shelter is located at 6799 E. Hwy 90 and is open Tuesday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.