A little kitten has come down with ringworm at the Glynn County Animal Shelter, forcing officials there to place numerous animals under quarantine and to temporarily cease accepting new animals into the facility.
The shelter at 4765 U.S. Highway 17 in northern Glynn County cannot accept unwanted cats, dogs and other animals for at least two weeks, said Tiffani Hill, Manager of the county Animal Control Division. But folks can continue to adopt cats and dogs from the shelter because the area where these animals are kept was not exposed to the ringworm-infected kitten, she said.
Also, in an effort to expedite the ban on accepting new animals, the cost for cat and dog adoptions has been reduced by half through the end of June, she said. Adoptions through the rest of the month will cost $25, she said.
“If we get enough adoptions, we may be able to set up a separate quarantine area within our facility and resume intake of cats and dogs,” Hill said.
The 2-month-old kitten with ringworm was being held inside a cage with its five siblings at the shelter’s intake facility because they were not yet old enough for adoption, Hill said. Ten other cats and one dog also were being held in the same room as the caged kittens, she said.
The six kittens must undergo a six-week quarantine during ringworm treatment, she said. The infected kitten’s siblings do not yet show signs of infection, Hill said. The nonprofit animal advocacy group No Kill Glynn County has agreed to take the six kittens and keep them in quarantine at an offsite location during treatment, Hill said.
The other 10 cats and the dog that also were in the intake room began a ringworm prevention treatment regimen Tuesday, she said. It involved dipping the animals in a medicated solution, a process which will be repeated in seven days. The intake room also will have to be disinfected to further prevent the spread of ringworm.
Ringworm is an extremely contagious skin infection caused by a fungus that can spread in both animals and humans.
The shelter has about 120 animals total available for adoption.
Glynn County Animal Care and Control will continue to handle calls for aggressive dogs or sick animals that require veterinary care, Hill said. Arrangements have been made with local rescue groups to house those animals until the quarantine is lifted at the shelter, she said.
“The good news is it should only be about two weeks,” Hill said. “But we do have to suspend our animal intake until we get through the dip protocol.”