Pets From a Suspected Cruelty Case Need Your Help!
AHS has been caring for 13 Chihuahuas ranging in age from 2-7 years, five cats and one rabbit who were removed from a home in Mesa in mid-January by the Mesa Police Department and Mesa Animal Control.
Sadly, the pets are testing positive for ringworm, a highly-contagious fungal skin infection, similar to athlete’s foot, that can be spread from animal to animal, animal to human or human to human, yet when treated the pets will make a full recovery. While ringworm is one of the most common infectious skin diseases in young cats, dogs and rabbits can get it too and the treatment can be quite lengthy.
AHS is currently seeking Foster Heroes to help take in and help treat these pets for ringworm for the next 8-12 weeks. AHS provides all training, support and medical supplies including sulfur for the twice-weekly dips, oral medication, gowns and gloves and can also provide food, treats and toys for enrichment.
What is needed to foster pets with ringworm?
- An isolated non-carpeted bathroom or room that is easy to clean
- A room free of upholstered furniture, if possible
- Personal protective equipment such as gowns, gloves and booties (AHS to provide)
- Swiffer™ and/or bleach (AHS can provide bleach, if needed)
- Length of foster period: 8-12 weeks with Sulfur dips twice a week
How to Foster One of These Pets:
- Visit azhumane.org/foster
- Take the online foster orientation – 30 minutes
- Take the Ringworm online orientation – 20 minutes
- Submit an application and receive a phone call and a pet!
Despite its name, ringworm is actually not a worm, nor does it have anything to do with worms. It is a fungal skin infection that develops on the top layer of the skin and multiplies there. Ringworm is characterized by a red, circular rash with clearer skin in the middle and results in patchy hair loss and skin that may be red, scaly and itchy. Ringworm gets its name because of its appearance.
Despite having ringworm, these pets are in great spirits and just as playful as your average pet, yet it is critical that ringworm pets are housed completely separate of any other resident pets. In addition, when interacting with ringworm positive pets, foster parents will need to wear gowns and gloves. Once a pet receives two negative ringworm tests, they can continue on their adoption journey.