Vaccine shortage halts dog adoptions

Adoption of dogs at the Calcasieu Parish Animal Services shelter has been halted until a vaccine can be obtained to treat a strain of canine parvovirus.

Animal services director Nathan Areno put adoptions on hold after staff discovered available vaccines were insufficient to treat the virus, which was affecting animals at the shelter. He said the shelter is working with the LSU School of Medicine on an updated vaccine.

Once it's ready, Areno said, the dogs will receive the vaccine and be held for observation for 10 days. He said the shelter hopes to resume adoptions after the waiting period.