Animal shelter back open and welcoming volunteers

Animal shelter back open and welcoming volunteers

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A local animal adoption center is back open, after possible exposure to a highly contagious virus.

Pet Helpers on Folly Road on James Island closed on June 9th after a recently adopted puppy was diagnosed with parvovirus. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the virus affects dogs' gastrointestinal tracts and can be deadly.

Pet Helpers remained closed for 11 days before reopening on Saturday. Spokesperson Rebecca Blackman said no other dogs showed symptoms of parvovirus during that time.

Blackman said many of the shelter's animals are currently in need of human interaction following the quarantine period. The shelter is welcoming volunteers to interact and play with the animals and they are offering a 50 percent reduction in adoption costs for animals over the age of one.

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