MADACC temporarily suspends intake of stray cats after virus outbreak

Sherman, a working cat, is shown in a kennel Thursday, March 16, 2023 at the Wisconsin Humane Society - Ozaukee Campus in Saukville, Wis. Working cats are available to be adopted by people looking for rodent control in barns, stables and warehouses. The program was developed for cats that have lived independently and outside who want to limit their interactions with people. The cats have been spayed or neutered.

A viral outbreak is tearing through Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, causing the shelter to temporarily stop taking in stray cats this week.

MADACC will only accept sick and injured stray cats in need of immediate medical attention Aug. 31 through the end of Sept. 8. That means the shelter will no longer take in the typical 30 to 50 cats it usually sees every day this time of year, said Kate Hartlund, Community Engagement Coordinator.

What virus is spreading through the shelter?

After unprecedented intake numbers in the shelter, cases of a virus called feline panleukopenia have skyrocketed amongst cats in the shelter since July. FP is a highly contagious viral disease that infects and kills cells such as bone marrow and intestines.

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