Our dog kennels are closed to all incoming animals and visitors until further notice as we are managing an outbreak of canine distemper virus amongst our canine population. 

Canine distemper is a highly contagious viral disease of dogs and certain other animals that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and sometimes the central nervous systems. It is very easily protected against by routine vaccinations. The virus is shed for approximately four months after onset of symptoms, during which time the dog can infect other dogs.

The young dogs that contracted the virus had been vaccinated prior to arrival at our shelter and medically cleared for transport, but due to their age, were not completely protected at the time of exposure and developed symptoms several days after arrival to our shelter. 

NCAL is working in collaboration with Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine on quarantine protocols, and regular PCR and antibody titer testing of all of the dogs in our care. Depending on several factors including exposure and test results, some dogs will be cleared for adoption while others will need to quarantine for several months at our shelter or in medical restricted foster care.

It is with deep regret that we cannot accept any incoming dogs, both strays and surrenders, until we fully eliminate the risk of exposure, and are working diligently to do so while keeping the best interest of the animals in our care at the forefront. 

Thank you for your understanding. This is a difficult situation and we appreciate your support while we provide care for the several dogs in our shelter, while also minimizing the risk of further exposure.

Here are ways you can help:

FOSTER>> a dog through their quarantine. Very special requirements must be met. 

ADOPT>> a dog who has been medically cleared for adoption.

DONATE>> to help support the long-term care for the dogs in our shelter.