The Yarmouth branch of the Nova Scotia SPCA has implemented a quarantine for two cats with suspected ringworm and a precautionary hold on other cats that were housed in the same room as them.
Heather Woodin, director of programs and administration for SPCA Nova Scotia, says the two cats were living outdoors, not in the best of circumstance.
“Since we always prioritize the most sick and vulnerable animals that need our help, that policy has the potential to bring cats with illnesses into our building,” she said.
“We have strict cleaning and quarantine protocols to deal with these situations as they are bound to happen when we are assisting sick animals.”
Staff take extra precautions with ringworm, a condition which is often misunderstood, as it is not actually a worm but rather a skin fungus.
While the quarantined cats are being treated and monitored, the public will not be allowed to view and interact with them, in order to limit any accidental cross-contamination.
The testing for ringworm is not always conclusive and it could take some time to determine if this is what the shelter is dealing with.
“If this is confirmed, we are confident the cats will be fine with the treatment plan we administer, although it does take some time,” said Woodin.
The clinic’s spay/neuter services, dog adoption and all intake services (by appointment) are unaffected.
Cats advertised on the SPCA’s website after 4 p.m. on March 20 will be an accurate reflection of the cats that are available for adoption.
The SPCA is confident that the cats that are cleared for adoption are healthy and want to welcome the public to visit throughout this time, although the number of cats they will see for adoption for the next couple weeks will be limited.