In the fall of 2005, a Dog Flu Virus was reportedly making the rounds at racetracks and kennels across the United States. When this was brought to our attention, we consulted with our veterinarian and kept close tabs on the situation. Even though the dog flu virus seems to be under control for the time being, it resulted in a new policy here at Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue. For the protection of our adopters and our foster homes, and for the protection of any dog that comes into contact with our greyhounds, any greyhound coming into our system from the United States will be quarantined for a minimum 5-7 days upon arrival. These dogs are closely monitored and do not come out of quarantine until we are absolutely sure that none are symptomatic for ANY disease. As well, since greyhounds come from areas where ticks and fleas are a reality of life, the quarantine allows us to effectively rid the greyhounds of these parasites BEFORE they go into foster or adoptive homes. This ensures that the resident animals are kept free from any parasites that the greyhounds may inadvertently carry with them!
These steps, and any others deemed necessary by our veterinarian, will be taken so we do not inadvertently spread the highly contagious dog flu, or any other disease, around in the process of finding adoptive homes for our greyhounds.