News Highlights:

  • Each Spring, the Valley sees an uptick in the highly-infectious and deadly canine distemper virus and sadly, this Spring is no different. AHS is taking action to keep our pets safe amongst several confirmed cases of distemper.
  • Although a relatively small number of cases have been confirmed, AHS has implemented every precautionary measure and must institute the changes outlined in an effort to protect the health of every dog currently housed in its shelters.
  • Effective immediately and in an effort to contain the spread of the virus, AHS will begin testing the dogs in its care. By testing such a large volume of dogs, it will require that we limit our intake to those pets in need of immediate medical attention coming in via Good Samaritans or through AHS’ Field Operations Team. AHS will then be able to continue to separate our pets and quarantine, monitor and care for those who have been impacted.
  • We will continue to offer additional resources to pet owners through AHS’ Pet Resources Center, but are asking that the public please be understanding as we work to limit the risk in our community. If adopters notice any signs of upper respiratory infections, including nasal and ocular discharge and coughing, they are encouraged to call AHS’ Pet Resource Center at 602.997.7585 ext. 3800.
  • Distemper is a preventable disease. AHS’ Veterinary Clinics offer affordable, walk-in vaccine clinics every Friday for just $21 per vaccine and no office visit charge.
  • How can you help the dogs currently in AHS' care? As we temporarily pause our dog walking program to keep our dogs healthy, they will need a lot of enrichment in their kennels! If you can donate just one item, you'd be making a huge difference for our pups!

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