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Animal Shelter Reopens

A local animal care facility reopened to big crowds today after a case of dog flu shut it down more than a week ago. A single case of canine influenza caused a 10 day shutdown of Greenville County Animal Care while the shelter cleaned and disinfected all of the kennels in the adoption area that were exposed to the sick dog.

But the big crowds were in response to Animal Care's offer for free adoptions of cats and kittens, starting today and lasting all week, or until the animals run out.

"We've gotta make room for the other animals that come in. So what better way to do it than by offering a free adoption event," said Susan Buffano of GCAC.

Alysha Benton and Joshua Lacy were just two of the dozens who showed up ready to adopt a cat.

"We'd been talking about getting one. She's got a 1-year-old son and we thought it'd be good for him to have something to play with at the house," said Lacy.

Benton had been thinking about adopting since her last cat died a few years ago. "Yeah I've always wanted one, but I didn't know how my son was gonna do. But he loves cats, so I think it will be good for him."

About 65 of the facility's 200 cats had been adopted or rescued by 5 p.m. on Monday afternoon. The free adoptions will clear space for new animals, and help remove the animals from the lost and found area, which is the next to be cleaned as a result of the canine influenza that shut down the facility on August 24th. Cats are not at risk of getting sick from dog flu, and the shelter's canines that were exposed to the sick dog were removed from the adoption area while it was disinfected. They must now be moved back after their quarantine period is completed.

"We're gonna do as we were requested by the experts, and keep those dogs off-limits until their adoption day, which is September 7th," says Bufano.

Until then, people who want to adopt a dog can visit GCAC's Facebook page here, or come by the facility to see any new dogs that have been dropped off since the shelter reopened.

By Evan Donovan

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