Montana Animal Shelter Reopens

Facility was quarantined for two months because of cat infections.

March 13, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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Help for Homeless Pets, a Billings, Mont., nonprofit animal shelter placed under quarantine after some cats came down with a contagious respiratory infection two months ago, is again accepting animals and conducting spay-and-neuter clinics.

The shelter’s metal building has been thoroughly cleaned, its concrete floors have been sealed and new interior walls and partitions have been built.

Also, the shelter now has a separate area where newly arrived animals will be quarantined for 48 hours to make sure they’re healthy.

Help for Homeless Pets was placed under quarantine in early January after some cats came down with a respiratory infection that sometimes surfaces in facilities that handle large numbers of felines.

About 20 cats had to be euthanized. The remaining healthy animals were either adopted out or placed in foster care.

Anyone who wants to inquire about adopting one of the remaining cats or kittens currently under the shelter’s care can call the shelter at (406) 896-1700.

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statia    edmonton, AL

3/14/2007 1:36:16 AM

sad to hear that this happend but good that it is been taken care of to prevent it from occuring again

samamtha    edmonton, AL

3/14/2007 1:24:17 AM

good to hear that theya re open again to help the animals in need in the area

Cotton    Leominster, MA

3/13/2007 8:04:47 PM

what a good story!! I am so happy they were able to re open to help all those in need!

Kathy    Centreville, VA

3/13/2007 8:10:58 AM

Odd that an animal shelter didn't know better than to put new cats with current cats before determining if the new cats were sick or not . . . Glad they have a better facility and can isolate the new ones before risking the health of the ones already there.

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