On Friday, January 5, a stray puppy that was found and brought to our shelter tested positive for parvovirus. Since then, two presumed siblings have also tested positive — and we need your help.

To protect the rest of our pets from illness, we are implementing changes to the shelter this week. All new intakes and on-site adoption showings will be postponed through Tuesday, January 16. We are working to move all of our healthy, adoptable pets into foster homes, so if you’re looking to adopt this week, you can still adopt a pet from foster care! Browse adoptable pets at rhhumanesociety.org/adopt. All other walk-in services, like our Pet Pantry and other Animal Resource Center programs, will be unchanged.

Here’s what we are asking of our supportive community:

– We need foster homes for three dogs and ten cats. Those needing foster care are healthy, adoptable pets that have not been exposed to the pups with parvo and simply need a safe place to crash for a couple of weeks and hopefully get adopted! We provide all necessary supplies and vet care, so fostering is at no cost to you. Learn more and get started at rhhumanesociety.org/foster.

– Providing lifesaving treatment for even just one dog with parvovirus can cost thousands of dollars. If you’re able, please donate toward our trio’s care at rhhumanesociety.org/donate. We are also in need of donations of Personal Protective Equipment, like disposable gloves, gowns, and shoe covers if you or your company have any to spare!

Thank you for supporting our shelter pets.