Bellwether Harbor Animal Shelter in Fremont Temporarily Closes

The following statement was posted to the Bellwether Harbor Facebook site on December 10th, 2013…

Hello Friends,

I need to let you all know we are experiencing a problem at our animal shelter that has made it necessary to close our doors until further notice for the protection of you, your pets, and the community we serve. We have a few animals and 2 staff members that have been diagnosed with Ringworm. We are in the process of determining the extent of this problem with the animals in our care and in our building. As you can imagine, we are all in major cleaning mode right now. Please be patient with us as we work through this problem.

Diagnosing and treating this problem will be costly. If you would like to help us during this time and after, there are numerous ways you can help. Financial support is at the top of our list! Your monetary donations would be greatly appreciated in order to purchase diagnostic materials and treatment medications. If you would prefer to donate material goods, we are working on setting up a gift registry with Walmart and The Container Store. Gift cards from Walmart, Petco and Tractor Supply would be greatly appreciated to help us replenish material goods we have needed to remove due to our inability to disinfect them. You also might consider giving gift certificates from our area restaurants to sustain our staff that are working diligently and need nourishment. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated!!!

When we have more information, we will let you know. Thank you so much for your understanding, patience and support during this time.


Danielle Merrill

Bellwether Harbor Founder and Shelter Director


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2 thoughts on “Bellwether Harbor Animal Shelter in Fremont Temporarily Closes

  1. kim galloway December 16, 2013 at 10:22 am Reply

    Best of wishes to you all. We too are dealing with RW… medicating all cats (positive and negative alike) and weekly lime sulfur dips for everyone. We are crossing our paws for the first negative round of cultures, this is after 2 1/2 months of treatment. Stay stroung, you can do it. The kitties are worth it. Bless you for actually caring for the cats, even though it is costly and time consuming, rather than taking the easy route of eliminating the population, as was suggested to us. Bleach is your friend. There are a lot of great articles on line from shelters that have had success treating the fungus.
    Cat Manager, Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County.

  2. Rebecca Campbell December 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm Reply

    as a volunteer in another shelter who is going through this same thing, keep your chins up!! it is a lot of hard work and very time consuming, and at times very frustrating, but it’s rewarding when you know the animals you are helping will be healthy again. a local vet suggested we put our animals down and start fresh. that was not an option. we love our animals as if they were are own and we are finally beating the fungus from hell with all of our diligence. know there are others out there for help if you need suggestions as to how to deal with this.

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