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How Many Animal Shelters Have Quarantine Rooms? — 12 Comments

  1. I do not profess to run an animal shelter but the results are the same in a limited way, and I do have a quarantine room situated at some distance from the other cats’ haunts. It’s hard to understand why some animal shelters have no quarantine area or rooms. Even if they did have one making it work for multiple is very hard. Each rescued or dumped cat must be kept separate otherwise just one sick cat can infect the others. It’s ironic to think that a cat or cats in good health can be rescued only to become sick through mismanagement, and/or lack of facilities. But it’s easy to understand that large numbers of rescued cats pose a very difficult situation as regards quarantine. Yesterday I rescued a kitten who looked in a bad way, but after only 24 hours his eye infection has cleared up. His diarrhea has slowed down too. The antibiotic of choice is amoxicillin. He doesn’t know me from Adam but is very friendly and trusting.

  2. Could you explain more about how getting paid for the article works? If I understand correctly, I pay a $30 fee to get payed for views on the article?

    Thank you for your kind words regarding the article and I am sure to be posting more in the next month :).

    • Hi Mr Z, — this site will pay you $30 for a published article. Payment is made through PayPal. In other words the fee for your article which should be around 500 words is US$30. It is not an awful lot of money but it is about correct for Internet articles depending on the website.

      Thanks for contacting me again.

  3. This is a tough subject. Working or volunteering at two shelters over the years I have found that it depends on the place in question and intake policy. The shelter I am working out has a small isolation, quarantine and adoption area. The biggest problem is the number of feral cats that we get from abandoned buildings which are usually either A) too wild to adopt or B) sick. That creates problems for healthy cat being put in the quarantine alongside them. That being the case it is almost as safe to move them into general population. I find it almost more important to have an isolation area than a quarantine area. One sick cat can wipe out a population so moving sick cats out is most important. I have seen it too many times but I have also managed many outbreaks too. I am also writing an animal shelter handbook right now, about 300 pages so these topics mean a lot to me. I hope I can start to write about my animal shelter experiences on here at a later time and share more about the upcoming book project.

    • Hi Mr Z. I would love to hear more from you about running animal shelters. Shelters are very important facilities in society. For that reason, I believe they need to be run as well as possible. If you would like to write for the website on occasions I would be happy to publish it. If you would like to pursue that you can simply make a long comment on one of the pages to do with shelters or indeed this page and I will convert it into a web page article. If you would like to get paid for the article, the fee is $30. Payment is through PayPal.

      Thanks for your very interesting comment. I’m sure that there are complications in having a quarantine room or at the least potential complications and knowledge about these things only really comes through first hand experience.

  4. I doubt that any county shelter here in Florida has such a thing. If it should be created, I don’t see the animals being spayed/ neutered, tested, or vaccinated. I see it more as a “holding cell” situation in order to determine if any may be suitable for adoption down the road. They aren’t going to “waste” time and money only to kill at the end of the 2 week period, regardless of whether the animal is healthy or not.
    It’s more likely to be found in a no-kill shelter somewhere if they really are no-kill.

    • You make a point that I hadn’t realised, which is that if the shelter is oversubscribed with cats meaning there are too many cats anyway, a quarantine room is less useful because it means more work and if it is discovered that the cat is healthy at the end of the quarantine period but it is unlikely that the cat will find a home, there is little reason to start the quarantine process.

      Under normal or ideal situations a quarantine room would seem to be essential but under stressed situations where a shelter can barely cope then it is less useful, it seems to me.

    • Dee.. absolutely RIGHT ON!

      It is a damned shame in fact.

      I do believe that no-kill shelters are more prudent. They can be because so many of their pets are in foster homes where they can be quaranteened and receive any medical care they may need.

  5. Would that ALL shelters had these rooms. It is so essential to separate cats for at least two weeks.

    These shelters are doing a fantastic job. Many shelters here in the USA are so overloaded it’s a wonder that they can find room anywhere for surrendered kitties (or dogs).

    Excellent article as always!

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