Lee County Government (LCG) Health Department has reported a confirmed case of feline panleukopenia at the county animal shelter, which has forced Animal Services to suspend intake of any new cats and kittens at the shelter until Friday, September 6, 2019.  The shelter continues to accept dogs during this time as they are unaffected by the disease.

Feline panleukopenia is a highly contagious gastrointestinal disease effecting cats that proves fatal in most cases.  After consulting with the contracted county veterinarian on how to best combat the disease, LCG Animal Services has begun implementing the suggested protocols and the process of disinfecting the shelter facility.

Rescue groups and individuals who have adopted cats from the shelter in the past two weeks have been contacted and notified of the cat’s possible exposure to the disease.  Shelter staff is available to help answer questions and provide information to anyone who has recently adopted a cat from LCG Animal Services. 

During this time, the shelter will continue to accept and adopt out dogs from the facility, as there are no known risks to canines.  There is also no risk to humans from the disease.

For questions, please contact LCG Animal Services at (919) 776-7446.

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