Queens Warehouse Serves As Makeshift Hospital for Hundreds of Cats

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The recent outbreak of the bird flu among New York City shelter cats has created a major challenge for shelter employees. The question: How to care for and quarantine the hundreds of cats which have tested positive for the H7N2 virus with limited facilities?

A warehouse has proven to be the answer. The warehouse, located on Austell Place in Queens, is now serving as a temporary cat hospital for the affected cats. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took over two floors of the warehouse just after Christmas, and the temporary hospital now houses cats from three different shelters.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the transmission of bird flu to cats and humans is rare. One veterinarian who was caring for the cats did contract the disease, but has since recovered. All volunteers and staff caring for the cats suit up fully before entering the space.

The task of caring for the cats is a large one: 386 cats in quarantine tested positive for the bird flu. One hundred of those cats have since recovered and have been allowed to move to a makeshift kennel area.

Hopefully this outbreak will be brought under control soon, so the shelters can return to the task of finding the cats adoptive homes.

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