It has come to our attention that there are concerns regarding Dog to Human infection with COVID19. Our Veterinarian provided us with the latest information from the World Organization for Animal Health. There has been one case that proved inconclusive due to the age of the dog at time of death (17) and that no necropsy was performed to conclude if it was age or Covid19. All the information from the World Organization for Animal Health is below. Please – continue to love your pets but during this time do as we all are; frequent hand washing and physical distance. Thanks for your continued concern for our animal friends!
ALSO – PLEASE REMEMBER WE ARE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 12-4 FOR SURRENDERS AND STRAYS. THERE WILL BE NO SPAY NEUTER CERTIFICATES ISSUED AT THIS TIME.
What do we know about COVID-19 virus and companion animals?
The current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human to human transmission. To date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.
The Veterinary Services of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China reported to OIE evidence that a dog had tested positive to the COVID-19 virus following close exposure to its owners who were sick with COVID-19 – see Immediate Notification (01/03/2020) and Follow-up report no.1 (09/03/2020). The test, conducted by real time PCR, showed the presence of genetic material from the COVID-19 virus. The dog was not showing any clinical signs of the disease.
There is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this human disease or that they become sick. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19 virus. The OIE will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
There is no evidence to support restrictions to movement or trade of companion animals.
What precautionary measures should be taken by owners when companion or other animals have close contact with humans sick or suspected with COVID-19?
There have not been any reports of companion or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 and currently there is no evidence that they play a significant epidemiological role in this human disease. However, because animals and people can sometimes share diseases (known as zoonotic diseases), it is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 limit contact with companion and other animals until more information is known about the virus.
When handling and caring for animals, basic hygiene measures should always be implemented. This includes hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking or sharing food.
When possible, people who are sick or under medical attention for COVID-19 should avoid close contact with their pets and have another member of their household care for their animals. If they must look after their pet, they should maintain good hygiene practices and wear a face mask if possible.
In support of our nationwide effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus the Dog & Cat Shelter will be by appointment only until April 5th.
Our phones will be on Tuesday - Saturday from 12 noon until 4:30 pm to schedule the appointments and help return lost animals.
Adoptions are still available we just ask you get pre-approved before making an appointment. To do this you will need to fill out our online application or call the shelter and we will make arrangements to get you a printed application.
Please rest assured that all our adoptable and stray animals are receiving the same high standard of care and that we will continue to make every effort to find our adoptable animals great homes and return stray animals to their owners.
Dining for a Cause that was originally scheduled for March 23rd, 2020 is currently in the process of being rescheduled.