An­i­mal shel­ter tak­ing pre­cau­tions against cat virus

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The Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter (TCAS) is ask­ing res­i­dents to de­lay turn­ing over their cats un­til mid-Septem­ber or to reach out to a res­cue part­ner. A cat res­cued from the shel­ter has tested pos­i­tive for fe­line pan­leukope­nia virus (FPV). FPV is a vi­ral dis­ease con­ta­gious to cats, both do­mes­ti­cated and wild fe­line species but not hu­mans. TCAS will con­tinue re­ceiv­ing both stray and owned cats but is striv­ing to limit the num­ber of cats po­ten­tially ex­posed to this virus.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, TCAS is tak­ing all nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions to re­duce the pos­si­ble spread of FPV to other cats in the shel­ter, in­clud­ing con­sult­ing with vet­eri­nar­i­ans, quar­an­tin­ing ex­posed cats, en­sur­ing clean­ing pro­ce­dures are fol­lowed, and con­tin­u­ing to vac­ci­nate at the ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­vals. FPV is re­sis­tant to many dis­in­fec­tants and sur­vives a long time in an en­vi­ron­ment.

Vac­ci­na­tions against FPV are very ef­fec­tive, and are part of the core vac­cines rou­tinely given to cats. Most vac­ci­nated cats are com­pletely pro­tected from this dis­ease. As part of a new pet cat pro­gram, a vet­eri­nar­ian will rec­om­mend a se­ries of vac­cines, usu­ally start­ing at 6-8 weeks of age. It is im­por­tant to fol­low this sched­ule as the vac­ci­na­tions will not fully pro­tect cats un­til the en­tire se­ries is given. Dif­fer­ent types of vac­cines are avail­able, and a vet­eri­nar­ian can help choose the one right for each cat.

Keep­ing kit­tens (and cats) in­doors, and away from other un­vac­ci­nated cats, is the best way to pre­vent ex­po­sure to FPV and other viruses.

If any­one has any ad­di­tional ques­tions about FPV, con­tact a vet­eri­nar­ian. For a list of res­cue part­ners, con­tact TCAS at 301-932-1713 or 1-800-903-1992.

County an­nounces fall trips and tours

The Charles County Depart­ment of Recre­ation, Parks, and Tourism of­fers many trips and tours through­out the cal­en­dar year — bus trips, overnight trips and “Fly Away” trips.

Up­com­ing trips for all ages in­clude:

• Wilm­ing­ton and Western Rail­road and Win­terthur Mu­seum and Gar­dens, Wilm­ing­ton, Del., Satur­day, Oct. 22, reg­is­ter by Sept. 22. Fee: $105/ per­son.

• Christ­mas Spec­tac­u­lar, Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall, New York City, Satur­day, Nov. 19, reg­is­ter by Oct. 24. Fee: $160/ per­son.

• Amer­i­can Hol­i­day Fes­ti­val, US Army Band, Wash­ing­ton D.C.,

Satur­day, Dec. 3, reg­is­ter by Nov. 4. Fee: $46/per­son. Up­com­ing trips for se­niors cit­i­zens, age 60 and older, in­clude:

• A Christ­mas Story, River­side Din­ner Theater, Fredricks­burg, Va., Wed­nes­day, Nov. 30, reg­is­ter by Oct. 17. Fee: $98/per­son. Fly away trips in­clude:

• Pa­cific North­west and Cal­i­for­nia — eight days, 10 meals, April 23-30, 2017

• The Colorado Rockies — nine days, 12 meals, July 14-22, 2017 • Switzer­land, Aus­tria Bavaria — 10 Days, 12 meals, Sept. 21-30, 2017 On­line reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able at www.CharlesCoun­tyParks.com.

Reg­is­tra­tions for trips are ac­cepted at the Depart­ment of Recre­ation, Parks, and Tourism in Port To­bacco. Se­nior trip reg­is­tra­tions are also ac­cepted at the Richard R. Clark Se­nior Cen­ter in La Plata.

For more in­for­ma­tion on other events of­fered by the Depart­ment of Recre­ation, Parks, and Tourism, visit www.CharlesCoun­tyParks. com, or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

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