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Two cats peer through the bars of their kennel in this undated photo at Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar. The shelter has received good marks through an outside review in response to concern to cat overpopulation and respiratory viruses being spread among the shelter’s feline inhabitants. Tribune photo

Willmar, Minn., shelter’s cat health program receives good marks during evaluation


WILLMAR — To Kathie Johnson’s experienced eye, the kennels in the kitten room at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter looked clean, but she wanted to know more about the shelter’s infection control practices.

How often was the room thoroughly cleaned and disinfected? Did the staff wear gowns and latex gloves? Did they change gloves for each kennel?

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