When Penelope, a sweet, tri-color Australian shepherd mix came into Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, she was a bouncy happy puppy ready for love and a new home. She quickly found a home but the new adopter noticed right away that something was amiss. The 8-month-old puppy wasn’t doing well and a vet check confirmed that she had picked up the parvo virus, a deadly virus prevalent in our community. Puppies, especially, are vulnerable to the virus, which spreads through direct contact with an infected dog or indirect contact with a contaminated object. Puppies are vaccinated against parvo but can still get it if the three-shot series isn’t finished. There is no cure for parvo but veterinary support can help the puppy get over the illness, treating symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. Luckily for Penelope, Hope Emergency Animal Rescue was there to support Penelope through her illness and provided medical funds to help her survive the virus and thrive. She is now back with her loving family.