To help stop the spread of respiratory infections among dogs at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), the shelter has suspended dog intakes from June 3 through June 24. Officials at the shelter said they are seeing a higher-than-normal rate of respiratory infections among its dogs, and that because such infections can be spread from dog to dog, temporarily suspending its animal intake program is the best way to keep things from getting out of hand.
Canine respiratory infections have the same symptoms as colds in humans, and can spread quickly among dogs in close quarters. Veterinarians are currently working to treat the dogs in the shelter, and say they’re taking aggressive precautions to stop the infections as quickly as possible. The shutdown means the shelter will not take in any homeless or owner-give-up dogs, and officials asked that owners either keep their dogs until June 25 or find alternate housing for them until that date.
People who find stray dogs can contact BARCS at 410-396-4695 for recommendations of alternate shelters. Dog adoptions and cat adoptions and intake are not affected by this shutdown, and BARCS will maintain normal operating hours throughout.