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Operation Kindness suspends dog adoptions and dog intake due to a canine influenza outbreak

UPDATED ON NOV. 25:
As we continue to monitor the canine influenza situation alongside the University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program, dogs are recovering and testing negative for the virus. Dog adoptions will resume in a limited capacity with select dogs available for adoption at Galleria Dallas starting Friday, Nov. 25. Dog adoptions at our main shelter will resume on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Dog adoptions and intake suspended

Starting on November 6, Operation Kindness is suspending dog adoptions and dog intake due to a canine influenza outbreak in our shelter. Reports indicate that canine influenza, also known as the dog flu, is on the rise across Texas and is highly contagious to other dogs.

Described by the Centers for Disease Control as an acute respiratory infection, it is spread through respiratory droplets produced during coughing and sneezing or through contact with surfaces. Signs include coughing, sneezing, eye discharge, lack of energy or appetite, trouble breathing and more. You can read more about canine influenza here.

Caring for the animals

Our medical team, led by Chief Veterinarian Dr. Tobaben, is providing the highest level of veterinary care to all our animals. As these cases were identified, we quickly developed a plan to minimize disease spread and protect the community.

The University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program is partnering with Operation Kindness to provide expertise, advice and testing to help navigate this outbreak.

We ask for your patience as we care for the animals in our facility. We will be evaluating weekly to determine when dog adoptions and intake can be reopened. Updates will be posted here, and shared on our social media and our website.

Cat adoptions and intake continue

Cat adoption and intake are continuing at this time. Cats are housed in separate facilities from dogs and have not been exposed to canine influenza. Cats are also available for adoption at PetSmart and Pet Supplies Plus locations. View available adoptable cats here.

Our recommendations

Operation Kindness recommends that dog owners consult with their veterinarian to ensure that their pets are up to date on vaccinations and determine whether a canine influenza vaccine is needed.

If you have any questions, send us an email or call 972-418-7297.

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