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Sponsor A Kennel
We have two types of kennels making up our shelter complex: the Isolation Kennels and the General Population kennels. Isolation kennels are used for newly admitted dogs to HLSPCA, where they live for a quarantine period until they have been fully examined by our veterinarian and have waited a suitable time to be cleared of communicable disease before transitioning over to the General Population Kennels. The dogs spend their daytime hours in large outdoor pens, where they can play and run. At day's end they transition into their designated kennel in the shelter building; in the morning, they move back outside to start the day's activities. Every kennel has an indoor and an outdoor component; at nighttime they are secured into the indoor section. The kennel is for protection and climate control during hot summer says and cold winter nights.
The kennel also reinforces a daily routine to the dogs: they spend their sleeping time inside, they play outdoors and have walks during the day, and then at day's end they move back into their kennel. Reinforcing routine is the groundwork for security and a sense of place, home; it is a building block to trust. The kennel, although temporary, becomes 'home base' to the dogs.
The kennel's interior, exterior and dog bedding are thoroughly cleaned daily by HLSPCA staff. Medications and treats are also given in the kennel. One dog is assigned per kennel; we may have up to 4 dogs that would inhabit a particular kennel over the course of a year.
The cost for the maintenance and upkeep of a kennel is
$1250 annually per resident.
As of January 2017, HLSPCA has 0 Kennel Sponsors.
Sponsor Shelter Inoculation
Canine influenza viruses became a concern since 2004, when H3N8 was first identified in by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), followed by another virus strain H3N2 entering the U.S. through Chicago in April 2015. Recently more kennels, canine boarding facilities and even some canine groups are urging vaccination against the more virulent H3N2 strain as a means to protect their pets. See HLSPCA's Education: Canine Flu Viruses for a more thorough description of these two viruses. In many of our Central Texas canine boarding facilities such as AtoZ Dog Ranch and Barkingham Palace, Hope Animal Clinic to name a few, as of January 2016 are now requiring H3N2 vaccination prior to admittance into their facilities. Local veterinarians at Hope Animal Clinic, Paleface Veterinary Clinic, Marble Falls Animal Clinics are also encouraging at a minimum dog owners to inoculate yearly against the H3N2 and optionally to consider H3N8 vaccine as well. The vaccination regime is an initial inoculation followed by a second booster one month later; yearly inoculation is recommended going forward.
The concern became spotlighted by our local news in December of 2015, by an article (See NBC Affiliate/KXAN News: New Strain of Highly Contagious Dog Flu in Central Texas) reporting increased cases of H3N2 in the Round Rock area, north of Austin. The concern was that the virus was 'on the march' down the I-35 corridor. Our local vets raised awareness and began educating their client base with recommendations for protection. As with any serious illness, death is a possible outcome; however, the virus is survivable if treated, but the costs can be excessive and recovery can take a long time.
These types of viruses spread where dogs congregate, where there is high density and high turnover thus increasing the risk of exposure: dog parks, dog events, veterinaries, kennels and yes, dog shelters. Although the viruses may appear to increase seasonally, during the holidays, the salient factor is that dog boarding is higher during these periods. Where more dogs congregate, there is an increased risk for exposure to these viruses. We keep maximum capacity at our shelter, all year long.
And that makes dog shelters particularly susceptible to the canine flu viruses on a year-round basis.
And that makes us at HLSPCA particularly vigilant about inoculating all our dogs. We are proud to say with the doctors at Hope Animal Clinic, we never hesitate to take any dog to the vet at any sign that gives us cause for concern, as soon as it happens. After their initial medical workup and routine vet checks the signs we are vigilant about are a cough, a sneeze, eye discharge, skin rash, lethargy. Our dogs are constantly handled by a lot of humans, looking for fleas, ticks (even though we use all recommended prevention) and possible paw, knee, leg compromise. We like our dogs to be social and seen in the public; that is how they get adopted.
Our challenge at HLSPCA is to meet the ever increasing costs of medical care. We plan, we forecast, we rateably increase our budgets, but the fact is that it is never enough. We enjoy a discount rate with our veterinary partners, but we want the assurance of having the funds secured such that all our dogs are protected. Clearly with this type of highly contagious infection, HLSPCA would enact significant countermeasures for containment and eradication.
With our discount rates, it costs about $20 per shot per dog, 2 inoculations. We adopt about 100 dogs yearly and increasing. The math is simple, we need $4000 annually to cover the costs of H3N2 protection. We would like to have the option to inoculate for H3N8 as well, another $4000 for our annual protection. To date, we have inoculated all of our dogs for H3N2 and are committed to do so. We want to secure the funding for the entire year, for all of our dogs. We take this aggressive but conservative approach when considering the fundamental condition of a canine shelter: high density, high turnover, high susceptibility.
For 2017, we are seeking twelve, $1000 sponsorships for
Canine Flu Inoculation.
As of January 2017, HLSPCA has 0 Canine Flu Inoculation Sponsors.
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