What We Know
With so much uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and pets, we thought it would be helpful to share with you what we know and provide links to additional sources that can help as this situation continues to develop.
Dallas Animal Services is monitoring the situation closely and continues to be active in a national dialog between animal shelters across the country, veterinarians, NACA (National Animal Care & Control Association), and other organizations in animal welfare about the issues we are all facing as COVID-19 continues to unfold. We will keep this page updated with resources and updates to help inform our community.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), there is currently no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. (Also referenced by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO))
The best place for your pet is in a home they know and love. If you aren't feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home where they feel most comfortable.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that if you have tested positive for COVID-19, to isolate yourself from your pet during the time of your illness and limit interaction during that time. It is also recommended that you thoroughly wash your hands before and after coming into contact with a pet.
Click here to view our adjusted shelter operations, including how to adopt a pet during this time.
4/23/2020 Update About COVID-19 and Pets
"On April 22, the CDC announced the first National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats. These are the first pets in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2. Currently we have no information that suggests that pets might be a source of infection for people with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19." -- American Veterinary Medical Association
DAS is in close communication with top shelter vets across the country as well as national animal welfare organizations to ensure we stay current on the latest news about COVID-19 as it relates to pets. All staff are wearing personal protective equipment at all times as they interact with animals at the shelter.
For more information on COVID-19 and pets from AVMA, please click here.
The Tiger at the Bronx Zoo:
Dallas Animal Services is aware that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo recently tested positive for COVID-19. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have addressed the tiger case and, along with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC), continue to state there is no evidence that a dog, cat, or other domestic animal can transmit COVID-19 to humans. We are closely monitoring updates from these reliable sources and will continue to keep our community informed.
Do You Need Help Caring for Your Pet?
We know that this is a difficult time for everyone. If you are in need of food or medical for your pets, we encourage you to look into the SPCA of Texas Pet Resouce Center for assistance.
Click here for more information.
Make a Plan for Your Pets:
It's not something we like to think about but, if you got sick and had to be hospitalized, who could provide care for your pet? Now is the time to ask a friend, family member, or neighbor for help in case of an emergency so that you both can have a solid plan in place for the safety of your pet.
In addition to considering emergency boarding or someone to care for your pet in your absence, DAS also recommends preparing an emergency supply kit for your pet which should include:
A 2-week supply of food
Any medication the pet is on
Your vet's contact information
A collar with ID tags
Daily care instructions
A crate or carrier
Any additional toys or treats to make your pet feel more comfortable
Be sure to inform the person you have designated as your emergency pet care provider where these supplies are located.
For a printable Animal Emergency Planning Guide from our friends at the SPCA of Texas, please click here.