Potential Parvo-infected Transport Meeting Spots (AL-VA)



I hate to have to post this update, but I need you all to know that our pup Peeta (from the Paws of Love transport last week) has just broken with parvo. He is currently at our emergency vet getting treatment, but is a very, very sick boy. Peeta was fully vaccinated and quarantined for several weeks prior to transport. To be honest, with multiple vaccines under his belt prior to transport he should not have gotten sick; that being said … he still has parvo. All of the pups on last weekend’s transport had received a minimum of two rounds of vaccines before transport and had been quarantined for a minimum of 3 weeks, as we require that for all of our transports. The other pups on last weekend’s transport should not be at risk of getting sick; but they were exposed to the virus.
Parvo is transmitted through contact with feces or vomit of an infected animal and infected soil/surfaces. When an animal is infected with parvo, it reaches their intestinal track around day 3-4, and symptoms are “full blown” by days 5-7. Peeta started having an upset stomach late on Friday night and was refusing fluids by early this morning, which means that he was likely infected Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon of last week. Peeta could have been exposed from a variety of places – vet clinic where he was neutered, foster home, overnight location, meeting spots along the transport route (previously infected by other dogs), etc.
Because it is impossible for us to know exactly where Peeta picked up the virus from, it is important for us to let other drivers in the area know what areas to avoid. 
Handoff locations along this route should not be used for the next 6 months to make 100% sure that no other pups are being exposed to this virus.
As a transport coordinator, I do everything possible to make sure that only healthy pups are transported to our foster homes and forever homes each weekend. We work hard to make sure that every single dog transported is not only healthy, but has been quarantined for a minimum of 2 weeks (and preferably 3+ weeks) prior to transport. We do not transport dogs without a minimum of two rounds of DHPP vaccines because they are at too great of a risk of getting sick. And, yet, here we are; we still have ended up with a sick pup and exposed countless others to these germs. I am just sick over this.
Please pass along this list of potentially infected meeting locations/handoff stops to every single transporter & transport coordinator that you know who transports through these areas (Birmingham, AL – Staunton, VA). 
DO NOT USE these potentially infected transport handoff/meeting locations:
Birmingham, AL: Shell Station at Acton Road

Gadsden, AL: Cracker Barrel (off of exit 181)
Chattanooga, TN: Food Lion (Brown’s Ferry exit)
Athens, TN: Burger King (off of I-75, exit #49)
Abingdon, VA: Highlands Union Bank (Exit #14 off of I-81 on right )
Roanoke, VA: McDonald’s (exit #146 off of I-81) & Days Inn Hotel (exit #146 off of I-81)
Staunton, VA: Cracker Barrel (back of parking lot) off of Exit #222 (off of I-81)

Thank you for crossposting this email and list of potentially infected areas.
With your help, we can help keep other pups safe along this transport route.


7 Responses to “Potential Parvo-infected Transport Meeting Spots (AL-VA)”

  1. safe in FL now Says:

    NOT related to your transport BUT very curious to see if you know the brand/who manufactured the vaccines the little one got, because here in FL our lil girl got parvo & had all her vaccines as well, believe hers were thru Merrial….. just wondering IF there is a potential unsafe batch of vaccines out there that the company needs to know about…. thnx, “safe in FL” now, phew

  2. Sherry Weser Brown Says:

    Thank you for posting this as we struggle to find answers to save the innocents!

  3. RescueMe Virginia ShenValley-Southwest Says:

    Thank you for posting this.I crossposted to all my transporter friends. I also know that ordinary people (particularly people traveling with pets) frequent these stops and let their pets walk around in these areas. I would recommend somehow warning people about possible contagions. Perhaps a sign? I know it would be difficult, but maybe the businesses could be contacted or something? I’d really hate for people to take it home and spread it around.

  4. Lynda Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of this terrible situation for that tiny little love !! Will be praying that everything is taken care of right away and a complete recovery ensues. Sending lots of positive love energy to Peeta, too.
    Thank you for sharing that info. Very appreciated. Lynda Alfson H2H Small Dog Rescue FL

  5. Brenda Faulkner Says:

    Just curious, since this a path that we frequently travel (2 times in the upcoming month). It is a long way from Athens, TN to Abingdon, VA. All the other legs are much shorter. Are you sure that there were no stops between the two cities?

    Thank you so much for the head’s up!

  6. Michelle Says:

    Your over vaccinating these pups and lowering their immune systems and then stressing them by transport. Immunity takes weeks and months to build up, you don’t just give a shot and boom they are immune. To prevent this in the future I would advise you to do a great amount of research on vaccines and the supposed immunity they supply. I wouldn’t adopt a puppy that was shot up that many times so young. Such a shame. Good Luck!

  7. Lee Says:

    It is critical the age a dog gets the shots and how far they are spaced–many times shelters starting vaccinating puppies too young and the first one or two vaccines may have no effect–we give four vaccines three to four weeks apart- starting at 6-8 weeks–and we do not send any dog until a full two weeks after their last vaccine has been given–they can not be given their last vaccine a day or two before transport and have that vaccine have time to take effect—other factors can play into the vaccines not being effective—if a dog has fever can effect as well—-We are EXTREMELY careful with our vaccine protocols as there are a lot of adult dogs that get out of the shelter and get one shot and quaratine for two weeks and get on the trucks–they could be harboring disease and the puppies on the trucks can be very vulnerable if they have not been properly vaccinated–we also now do the canine influenza vaccine and boost as well for added protection since that is becoming more of a problem

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