Free canine parvovirus vaccinations to be given Thursday

WOODINVILLE -- The nonprofit Homeward Pet Adoption Center announced Monday that it will provide free parvovirus vaccinations to any dog brought to its Woodinville office on Thursday.

No appointment is necessary, the organization said. The vaccinations will be provided as long as supplies last.

It said it decided to take this action after recent reports indicating that veterinarians in King County have noted an alarming number of parvovirus cases in King County.

Canine parvovirus is a highly infectious viral disease. Symptoms of parvovirus manifest within three to seven days after the dog's initial exposure to the virus, and without medical treatment, death can occur within 48 to 72 hours.

The free combination-vaccine being offered by Homeward Pet Adoption Center protects against the parvovirus and distemper, the nonprofit said.  Having up-to-date vaccinations will help give dogs a fighting chance against the deadly parvovirus, if they are ever exposed.

Homeward Pet Adoption Center is a no-kill shelter serving the Greater Seattle area since 1990.  It is located at 13132 NE 177th Place, Woodinville, 98072.  Its website is