These are challenging and uncertain times, which is why as pet parents, we need to be prepared. Hopefully this post finds you in good health, because now’s the time to make a Pet Preparedness Plan if you or a family member is faced with rapid changes.
FIND A TEMPORARY CAREGIVER IN CASE YOU ARE HOSPITALIZED.
The best place for your pet is in their home, but if you become too ill to care for your pet, make sure there is a friend or family member who can take your pet into their home. It would be best if the pet knows that person and likes that person, however, almost any home is better than the stressful environment of a shelter. You can also contact pet-sitters and boarding facilities. Many boarding facilities have availability because people are not traveling and do not need to utilize boarding services.
PUT TOGETHER AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR YOUR PET
This should include:
- Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
- Name and contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help
- Food, treats, a leash, toys and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
- A crate or carrier to transport your pet
- Vaccination records
- Collar with ID tags (don’t forget to make sure their microchip information is registered and up to date. You can register your microchip for free at www.foundanimals.org)
- Medications and prescriptions, along with instructions
- Daily care instructions
- Your veterinarian’s contact information
IF YOU ARE SICK, PROTECT YOUR PETS
If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), you should restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
- Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
- If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
More information is available here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, there is currently no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your pet is in the 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.
El Paso Animal Services has changed our day-to-day operations. Stay up-to-date with our changes at this dedicated page.
There are several ways you can El Paso Animal Services and our pets. Donations of critical supplies needed for fostering can be purchased from our Amazon Wish List. EPAS is working hard to be a community resource during this time of crisis – both for our citizens and our community pets. Monetary donations will allow us to continue our lifesaving work.
For information about local impacts of COVID-19 and how it’s impacting our organization, please follow the dedicated page here.