Abilene’s Animal Shelter Closed Due To Outbreak
2023 for the first time in its history saw the Abilene Animal Shelter at 925 South 25th street being taken over by a nonprofit organization known as ALL KIND Animal Initiative. All Kind organizers have made it clear from the very get-go, that their goal is to build a new animal shelter in Abilene among other things.
The shelter closed due to an outbreak of what was believed to be distemper. After testing and checking every animal within the Abilene Animal Shelter the tests for distemper came back negative. However, further testing for other viruses came back positive for one particular virus.
Press release from ALL KIND Animal Initiative:
We have tests results back. The results were negative for distemper, but positive for canine parainfluenza. Canine parainfluenza (respiratory virus) is contagious and spreads quickly in shelter settings where animals are housed in close quarters. Many parts of Texas are fighting this illness right now.
We will remain closed until further notice to try and contain the spread. We are disinfecting the facility every day. The lobby will remain open for voucher purchases, owner reclaims, cat adoptions, and foster dog adoptions.
We are in need of fosters that do not currently have other dogs in the home. Please message us if you would be willing to be a short-term foster.
ALL KIND has always had the plan to increase pet retention in Abilene through its pet fostering. Currently, while the shelter is working toward clearing the "canine parainfluenza" they are looking for volunteer fosters that have no animals in their homes and are willing to shelter a pet. If that is you please reach out to the Animal Shelter.
The organization has always had a clear goal to decrease pet homelessness in Abilene and around the Big Country. Furthermore, they are working toward ending animal overpopulation by being more proactive with access to all kinds of spay/neuter programs and options.
Once the shelter gets the all-clear, All Kind will continue with its plans to increase pet retention through expanded foster programs, hosting adoption events, and offering greater education and resources through "community outreach."
Andrea Robinson with ALL KIND Animal Initiative says "Abilene is not the only city battling with this outbreak. Many parts of Texas are fighting this illness as well."
Again, the shelter says "The lobby will remain open for voucher purchases, owner reclaims, cat adoptions, and foster dog adoptions. However, we are in need of fosters that do not currently have other dogs in the home. Please message us if you would be willing to be a short-term foster."
If you want to help and/or volunteer message ALL KIND or call the shelter at (325) 698-0085.