There were only five adoptable dogs left at the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association Sunday afternoon after an outbreak of distemper prompted quarantine.
All five were fully sponsored, meaning prospective adopters only would have to show up at the facility and fill out the appropriate paperwork, said Stephanie Gomez, a secretary at the animal shelter.
The Greenbrier Street facility has been running adopt-a-thons since last week when distemper broke out in the shelter. Six puppies and five cats were euthanized. Veterinarians determined after a standing-room-only board meeting Thursday that four more dogs would have to be put down.
Of the shelter's 96 dogs and puppies, 40 were deemed safe to adopt. The remaining dogs and pups were quarantined.
Twenty were adopted Thursday. More people came in Saturday and Sunday to adopt, Gomez said.
"All of the dogs are sponsored now, so really all they have to do now is come in and pick them up," she said. "But don't forget pets have expenses later. They still need vet care and that kind of thing."
The dogs leaving the shelter during the adopt-a-thon have all been vaccinated against distemper and parvo, but some had not yet been spayed or neutered.
Under normal circumstances, the animals are sterilized before they can go to their new homes, but in this instance, the adopter is responsible for those matters. The adopter has a set time frame to take care of sterilizing the animal. The humane association will check in on the dog to ensure it has been spayed or neutered.
The non-adoptable dogs will be kept under quarantine for the next two weeks or more. The facility, which will be closed during the quarantine period, will be cleaned and disinfected while veterinarians treat the sick dogs.
A post on the animal shelter's Facebook announced the thrift shop located next to the main facility would soon be cleared out. The store will sell off all of its goods, knickknacks and other wares, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds go to the humane association.
The shop will then close permanently so that the space can be used to house stray and sick dogs.
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