by Geena Martinez
ODESSA - It's a disease spreading like wildfire among man's best friend. The Parvovirus is attacking West Texas puppies with a vengeance. On Saturday, the Humane Society of Odessa hosted a shot clinic, hoping to stop the virus before it gets any worse.
Just like the flu, it spreads through the air but this virus only affects animals.
The Parvovirus is on the rise and the Humane Society has seen its share of sickened animals.
"We had about 11 puppies come in last spring and lost all of them, but three," Bryan Yancey said.
Yancey volunteers at the Humane Society and he says vets are seeing 18-20 pets a day come in with the virus. NewsWest 9 also spoke with several local veterinarians, and some have seen as many as 20 cases of the Parvovirus each day.
"It's kinda taking over," Yancey said.
If not treated, Parvovirus can kill in less than a month.
So to fight the virus, the Humane Society offered discounted Parvo shots for dogs and also feline leukemia shots for cats.
Dog owner Chermone Calloway brought his dog to the clinic. He says he is doing what he can now to keep his friend around later and he urges pet owners everywhere to do the same.
"If your dog is a big part of your family, I advise everybody, please come get your dog shots. Have them vaccinated," Calloway said.
Shots weren't the only thing going on at Floyd Gwin Park on Saturday. Animal lovers could adopt pets too.
Calloway adopted his dog, Yella, from the Humane Society a year ago after seeing him at the shelter.
"He didn't cry or anything he was just, you know, real sad so we said 'Mom let's just take this one,'" Calloway said. "We just decided to choose one and he's been around since then."
The shelter is almost at its maximum capacity so Yancey said this was the perfect time to try and find them a new home.
Yancey wants to remind people that you're not only adopting a dog but you're also giving back.
"Most of the adoption money goes to paying for surgeries and treatment and upkeep at the shelter," Yancey said.