Spring is here and all around the planet, we are living through troubling times. Each day, we learn more and more about COVID-19. This virus has turned the world upside down.
Sadly, the impact on pets is very distressing: People are abandoning their pets. People are fearful and confused by stories that claim COVID-19 is transmitted from our pets.
PLEASE DON’T BELIEVE THE MYTH THAT PETS ARE CONTAGIONS OF THIS VIRUS! Pets are not the problem. COVID-19 is spread only through human-to-human contact.
President Trump and and his task force are doing everything possible to keep Americans safe from the COVID-19. Across the country, people are very concerned about keeping their families healthy and virus-free.
Pets remain important members of our families. But this week, I read an email about many people are abandoning their pets.
Animal rescues and shelter organizations are struggling to keep up with the surge of people leaving their pets. These groups are in need of funding to provide care and comfort to abandoned pets.
More abandoned pets result from pet parents who are sick and may need temporary homes for their pets. But some people are simply abandoning their pets out of fear of the contracting the COVID-19.
As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that “At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.”
The spread of COVID-19 to and from pets is not a risk. Please don’t panic and abandon your family pet at an animal shelter.
The World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) recommends that if you are sick or under medical care for COVID-19, avoid close contact with your pets.
Let other family members care for our pet if you have the virus. But if you are the only pet caregiver, practice good hygiene and wear a face mask if possible.
Again, COVID-19 is only spread from human to human. There is no evidence that pets or companion animals can spread the disease. And our pets deserve better care from their pet parents.
In other words, there is no reason to take any action to abandon our pets. Upsetting their lives will only compromise your pet’s health and well being.
I ask the president to include funding for animal rescue and shelters in need of food and supplies.
Without our help, these organizations cannot provide medical care, food and support for these abandoned pets. Likely, the number of abandoned pets will increase over the next few weeks.
The president mentioned that ‘whatever the cost’ he will take care of all Americans.
I ask the president for funding to help animal rescues and shelters in their time of need. Give them the resources to help care for abandoned pets until they find their forever homes.
Animal rescue groups encourage pet parents to plan for the care of their pets. Animal lovers everywhere will appreciate the president’s support to keep our pets safe and healthy.
Finally, I thank the president for making the hard decisions to save our country!
Thanks for reading,
Dr. Pet Mom
“Never wear anything that panics the cat.”
–P. J. O’Rourke