Alumni update: Rowan and Reese survive parvo to thrive in new homes
Rowan and Reese are more than siblings. They're survivors!
Parvovirus is a dreaded diagnosis for puppies, but thanks to our veterinary medical and animal care teams who go to great lengths to save the lives of puppies with this virus, all four patients we treated this year have been saved. That's a wonderful continuation of 2016, when we saved the lives of all 14 puppies with parvo in our care.
We transferred Rowan and Reese, along with their mom and two littermates, into our care in the last days of 2016, and these puppies became our first parvo patients of 2017. They were exposed to the virus at the Danville Area Humane Society before we transferred them to our humane center, and they began showing symptoms not long afterwards. Following weeks in our isolation area where they were given fluids and antibiotics while their fragile immune systems fought the virus, the puppies were ready for adoption, and we found loving homes for each of them in early February. Rowan's and Reese's adopters happen to be friends and their puppies were recently reunited for a play date. Seeing them thriving and happy in their new homes after such a long, serious illness is a stark contrast to the fate they could have suffered had they not been safe in the care of the Richmond SPCA.
It is thanks to our Transfer Pals donors that this lifesaving transfer from Danville and many others take place each week. To learn more about supporting transfers from Virginia shelters, visit www.richmondspca.org/transferpals.