Guiding Animal Shelters to a Higher Standard

Apollo Lab Puppy

Apollo was a happy, exuberant Lab puppy with a bright future ahead of him and not a care in the world. Weeks before, however, he had been deathly ill. When Apollo was brought to Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV), it was clear that he was very sick. The pup was lethargic, skinny and subdued. Our medical staff immediately tested him for parvovirus, and the results were positive. Parvo is scary in an animal shelter. Not only is the disease dangerous and sometimes fatal, it is also highly contagious.

Could we save Apollo? And if we could, would we be able to prevent the rest of our population from becoming sick?

Luckily, the answer was yes.

Just months before Apollo arrived at HSSV in September 2017, our shelter had become the first in the country to meet all the guide- lines created by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) for standards of care in animal shelters.

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