Hi Karen.Perhaps reconsidering the shelter's approach to animals ringworm would avert the animals' suffering from being isolated and prevent the resulting anxiety problem altogether. I think it's important to remember that though ringworm is gross, it's basically just a rash, easily and cheaply treated (the name "ringworm" so let's call it tinea). Maybe your team could put tinea's gross factor aside (not as easy as it sounds!) and reexamine whether they think it's worth subjecting social animals to isolation over a rash.
We're in South Texas, the ideal climate for tinea, so the dogs and cats we take in very often come with it. We treat them with one of the topicals if it's not severe and with oral terbinafine if it is severe. We don't let them come in physical contact with other animals but we do not isolate them. They stay with us until the rash has cleared which can be a few days to a couple weeks for the most severe. I've been infected a few times myself from handling dogs and cats (I don't let tinea stop me from showing them affection). My dermatologist tells me to use the over-the-counter topicals on my rash and encourages me to continue to work in the shelter.Good luck in addressing this problem at your shelter and thank you for the good work you do for the animals.Best,Pamela BuckWilson County No-Kill Animal ShelterWilson County CatsFloresville, TX