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Dec 31, 2019

Monmouth County SPCA to Reopen after Flu Outbreak

The local Monmouth County SPCA of Eatontown is reopening its doors to the public after a few weeks of quarantine.

The center announced in December that it would have to temporarily close its doors to the public due to the confirmed cases of the H3N2 canine influenza that spread within the facility. Although the animals were still cared for, they were not available for visits or adoption during the holidays ⁠— a time when rescue dogs and cats are often met by their forever families.

However, the SPCA announced “the quarantine has been lifted” and that the shelter will reopen Thursday, Jan. 2.

“All canine and feline adoptions and veterinary appointments at our Vogel Veterinary Care Center will begin then,” the SPCA announced. “Our pups are happy and healthy and raring to go, and they’ve been joined by a boatload of kittens! Everyone can’t wait to meet you, so be sure to visit us.”

The Monmouth County SPCA is open Saturday through Monday from noon to 5 pm and Wednesday through Friday from noon to 7 pm. The center is closed on Tuesdays.

The H3N2 virus is highly contagious and may cause significant appetite loss and/or lethargy, severe nasal discharge and severe, heavy coughing in infected animals. Anyone whose pets exhibits any of these symptoms is urged to contact their veterinarian. The MCSPCA does affirm that most cases of the virus respond well with time and supportive care.