PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth Humane Society is temporarily closing their dog adoption shelter for a minimum of two weeks starting from Friday, Oct. 27, due to a potential virus spreading.

A dog tested positive for parvovirus after being brought in as a stray. Currently, no other dogs are affected, according to the shelter. A virus among the cat population also has spread, affecting around 30 cats/kittens that are now quarantined. However, many cats are unaffected, and the cat adoptions remain open.

Here are some suggestions from the shelter in the meantime:

  • Avoid surrendering pets to the shelter during this time. Reach out the shelter to find alternative options.
  • If you find a stray, hold onto it, and utilize social media to find it a home.
  • Donate. Their Amazon Wish List show some of the items the shelter needs.
  • Send the shelter’s team words of encouragement during this time.

The Portsmouth Humane Society said the dogs will remain under quarantine until at least Nov. 14.

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