April 29, 2018 –The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) has temporarily stopped accepting incoming dogs at its shelter due to Canine Influenza Virus (dog flu).
This weekend KHS learned that three dogs at its intake facility at 241 Steedly Drive tested positive for canine influenza. In response, KHS is quarantining and treating symptomatic dogs at this facility. Due to space limitations while dogs are being quarantined, KHS is temporarily halting canine intakes.
KHS began vaccinating all shelter dogs for both strains of the dog flu (H3N2 and H3N8) in June 2017 after this virus was first detected in Louisville. Dogs need two vaccines spaced 2‐4 weeks apart; they generally reach immunity approximately two weeks after the last vaccine is administered. Annual boosters are needed.
KHS’ 10 offsite adoption centers will remain open for adoptions. KHS provides one month of pet insurance for every adoption through PetFirst Pet Insurance.
The KHS Healthy Pets Clinic, also on Steedly Drive, remains open; the low‐cost veterinary clinic is on a separate air system and has a separate entrance from the shelter. The clinic offers the canine influenza vaccine to owned dogs Tuesday-Saturday at $25 per vaccine.
KHS strongly recommends that all dog owners talk with their veterinarians about this virus and the importance of annual vaccinations.