From everything I've read, pets are not susceptible and that famous case in China is questionable. However, it's a good idea to protect yourselves and any other human companions by not petting any animal that isn't your own.
Both our shelter and thrift store are using hospital-grade disinfectant throughout our facilities, and high-touch areas are being cleaned multiple times daily.
Staff, volunteers and customers are encouraged to wash their hands or sanitize between touching animals or customers to prevent the spread of any illness.
We have plans in place to make sure our shelter animals are cared for in the event of an emergency.
We are encouraging all pet-owners to have an emergency plan in place for their pets.
It's really hard to plan for the unknown- and there is so much that is unknown about this situation and how it may play out. Some things we are considering and planning for if the need arises:
Hopefully, most of these don't come to pass- though I fear with all the hysteria that adoptions may drop off which would be devastating. The CDC website is a great source of information for organizations developing policy: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html. I have also attached some posters from the CDC we recently put up in our facility to inform our staff more about the situation.
Wishing everyone the best.
Unfortunately, I see a lot of organizations either cancelling or postponing events including adoptions & fundraisers. I've decided not to go forward with some of the events we had in planning stages for April as I doubt we would get much participation. Seems like all we can do at this point is wait it out. :-(
Petco has detailed information here:
You can find a shelter tool kit here: https://www.animalsheltering.org/COVID19
Best Friends has created a resource page, too...
American Pets Alive! have created a COVID-19 Animal Shelter Preparedness Guide that offers a framework to ensure that no shelter pet lives are lost and that shelters are proactive in preparation throughout the mutant COVID-19 outbreak. You can access their helpful resources here: https://sites.google.com/americanpetsalive.org/ampa-covid19/covid-19-protocols
The National Animal Care & Control Association also has made an official statement about COVID-19 with resources: https://www.nacanet.org/covid19/?fbclid=IwAR0BkUrGy6SECvANCtR4u6e_qiYvF8r6FYr8AE_nzzqpQ344ep057TPL1CM
We sent out a message to all the volunteers, basically reiterating what the CDC already said, and letting them know what we're doing at the shelter in regards to our staff/volunteers and animals! https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Information-Regarding-COVID-19.html?soid=1109826144089&aid=_Rhqycsy-sw
We're updating our blog with all of the latest best practice guides around COVID-19. Check back here for the latest, and let me know if there is anything that you're doing for your organizations and you're communities that we can share in this post as well! https://www.shelterluv.com/blog/2020/03/12/coronavirus-covid-19-and-your-community-what-you-need-to-know/
Our Veterinarian has shared this link with us: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19
Thank you very much for sharing this. Let's keep them safe.
Our local humane society has posted this:
OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Due to the Corona Virus (Covid-19) we are open to the public by appointment only. We serve an important public function and we want to make sure our staff stays healthy and that we can continue to help people and their pets.
To make an appointment to:• Get a rabies vaccine (waiving income requirements)• Make Pet Care Assistance appointment with our vet or get pet food (income requirements in place, please apply online)• Meet our adoptable animals• Surrender an animal• Bring in a stray animal
Please call 802-254-2232Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are feeling unwell, please stay home.
Thank you everyone for your understanding and please, take care of yourselves and each other.
Here is the link to the official WHO website for advice for the public to fight against coronavirus:
I haven't read all the replies, so this may be a duplicate. I received this info from Bissell Pet Foundation about how they are assisting the nation's shelters.
I heard a podcast that was short but helpful esp for the general public https://thisvetsvoice.com/2020/03/21/27-the-pandemic-episode/
The common wisdom is that pets cannot transfer the virus to humans and there's no confirmed source. However, it's likely that infected people can transfer it on to the animal's fur. When walking and I see a dog or cat, I generally ask permission to pat the animal (if an owner is present); now, I won't touch the animal under any circumstance. I wash before I touch my own. I'm symptom free, but one never knows.
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