Strep Zoo Quarantine
Quarantine for Dogs ended on 1/23/23 and adoptions have resumed as of 1/24/23
In early-January, we had two confirmed positives case of a severe respiratory illness, streptococcus zooepidemicus (strep zoo), an aggressive and potentially fatal respiratory pathogen that while rare, can affect dogs in a shelter setting. We thankfully caught the illness early on and began aggressive treatment, quarantine and surveillance testing. We have not experienced any additional positive test results and ended the quarantine on 1/23/23 and resumed adoption services on 1/24/23.
What if my dog was recently housed at the Humane Society of Weld County?
While we think there is a low risk of your pet developing a respiratory disease, we cannot guarantee it. Due to this potential risk, it is imperative to monitor this pet for any sneezing, nasal discharge, difficulty breathing, lethargy (low energy), a fever, and possibly vomiting. This bacterium can progress very quickly, and you should seek immediate care if you see any of these signs.
All dogs housed at the HSWC anytime between 1/3/23 and 1/22/23 received a prophylactic antibiotic injection. Beginning on 1/23/23, all dogs (stray reclaims or adoptions) will be sent home with an oral antibiotic.
What are the signs of Strep zoo in dogs?
Dogs may exhibit sneezing, nasal discharge, difficulty breathing, lethargy (low energy), a fever, and possibly vomiting. This bacterium can progress very quickly, and you should seek immediate veterinary care if you see any of these signs.
The above symptoms can also be attributed to other illnesses, so any time a pet is showing signs of any illness, it is important to seek veterinary care.
Can humans contract Strep Zoo?
It is unlikely but possible. If you have a dog that has been exposed to strep zoo and develop signs of respiratory illness, especially if you are immune- compromised, contact your medical care professional.
What services is the Humane Society of Weld County providing right now?
We have resumed all regular adoption, stray intake and reclaim services. We are still currently on a waitlist for all surrender requests; please call us for more information and we encourage families that need to rehome their pets to explore rehoming options on their own (https://www.weldcountyhumane.org/servicesore)
What if I have more questions?
Please contact the shelter at 970-506-9550 or email@example.com.