LYNDHURST, Va. (WHSV) -- A local animal shelter has halted accepting cats while it deals with a virus that can kill the animal.
Staff at the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center are asking people to take their cats elsewhere. As an open admission center they have been accepting some cats, because they really don't have anywhere else to go.
Cats currently at the center are adoptable because they have all been vaccinated against the virus, panleukopenia.
The cat that died was transferred to a foster home with another rescue group.
SVASC director Lindsay Huffman said cats at the shelter are safe, but she doesn't want new animals to be exposed to the virus in case it's in the shelter.
She said there are virtually no symptoms and often cats will die before owners realize.
They have many stray animals, which other shelters may not accept.
Huffman says it's safety first, but she understands how hard it can be for people trying to give animals to the center.
"So when we have something like this, it's very difficult on our community because you know we want to try to keep these cats safe but a lot of times people just cannot keep them for various reasons," said Huffman.
The center has been recommending that people take cats to other shelters or wait until Friday when they will start accepting cats again into the center.
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