Kyrenia Animal Rescue update about the Distemper outbreak


Readers mail…….

Kyrenia Animal Rescue……

Firstly can we just say a MASSIVE Thank You for your understanding, support and fantastic donations – it is quite humbling to see so many people offering help in whatever way they can – THANK YOU each and every one of you. It means such a lot to us to know that we are not tackling this awful outbreak alone.

We will be putting out a full update a little later but for now the only way we can describe the situation at the centre is that it is still critical.

Quite a few people have rung or contacted our office with specific worries and we have been answering those with them as best we can. But we feel that we should look at the concerns of a couple of particular worries;

  • The KAR Office and shops are NOT infected – the risk is with the dogs at the Rescue Centre. Please don’t stay away from our shops – we need the shops to remain open and for people to continue shopping in them – they are a huge proportion of our regular income and we so desperately need that now more than ever.
  • The vehicle used for KAR Pet Travel – it is NOT the Centre vehicle. The vehicle that we use, for Pet Travel is regularly valeted inside and out – it is disinfected and ALL animals that are carried in it are carried in separate boxes. KAR Pet Travel pets have NO physical direct contact with the inside or outside of the vehicle.
  • It is very difficult for the CDV (Distemper) to live in the environment for very long – it is usually spread by direct body fluid (nose cough droplets, urine, faeces etc) – as can be seen from the following extracts ;

“One of the few positive aspects of distemper is that the virus cannot live without fresh secretions; it is inactivated in minutes outside the living host’s body. Minimal disinfection is necessary.

“A little about the virus itself: It consists of a single strand of RNA, encased in a protein coat which is again encased in a fatty envelope. The fatty envelope is easily disrupted in the environment which makes it impossible for the infectious virus to persist outside the host body for long. Because an intact fatty envelope is required for infection, virus transmission must involve dog to dog contact with fresh infected bodily secretions.

“The distemper virus is not very durable in the environment surviving only a few hours at room temperature. Sunlight, desiccation (drying out), and common disinfectants are effective at neutralizing it.

We are doing, and will continue to do, all that we can to contain this awful outbreak of Distemper.

We have also set up a Go Fund page details below.  The success of overcoming this terrible outbreak, is dependent on the monies we receive from you all, for vets fees and medication.


The following pictures shown below show some aspects of their work to relieve the current crisis.

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