Pets and COVID-19: Information for Pet Parents

Faithful Friends Animal Society will remain open to the public. Many of our amazing pets are waiting for a forever family, and they deserve that opportunity. In addition, as an animal shelter, preventing disease spread through rigorous cleaning protocols is part of our normal operations. We’re ensuring we’re diligent with those protocols across all areas of our shelters and clinics. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you posted of any changes.

We’re Here for You and Your Pets

An important part of our work here at Faithful Friends Animal Society is to be a trusted resource for our community. We understand the concerns and questions related to the COVID-19, or the coronavirus, and we know how important it is to consider your pets during this challenging time. This page provides information and resources to help navigate the uncertainty.

Pets & the Virus

COVID-19 is a virus specific to humans and understood to be spread primarily person to person. The veterinary community and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have been consistent in communicating that there is no evidence that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection to other animals or to humans.

According to the CDC, there is currently no known reason to believe that pet dogs or cats can contract or spread COVID-19. The CDC has received no reports to date of pets or other animals becoming ill with COVID-19. The WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) Global Veterinary Community—an association representing more than 200,000 veterinarians— states that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected.

The most important things pet lovers should know today are:

  • According to the CDC, there is currently no known reason to believe that any animals, including pets in the United States, can spread COVID-19.
  • To date, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.
  • The CDC always recommends following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of illness.

Planning for your pets

  • Make a plan with your family and friends that includes contingencies for caring for your pet
  • Verify that your pet’s microchip contact information is current and that your pet is wearing a current id
  • Organize your veterinary records and double-check that your pets are current on vaccinations should you need to consider boarding
  • Document all medications with dosages and instructions should you need to rely on someone to administer them
  • Keep crates ready should you need to move your pet(s)
  • Maintain a supply of essential items, such as pet food and cat litter

Tips for pets in the home

  • Treat their bedding, leashes and collars, dishes and toys in the same way you are treating other surfaces in your home. Bleach can be used to disinfect these items as it is considered safe for pets and people at the ratio of 1/3 cup bleach per one gallon of water, or two tablespoons bleach per one quart of water.
  • It is also important to bathe your pet after they have been around other people at such places as the vet, dog parks, or walking trails.
  • Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations from the CDC

We are in need of URGENT FOSTERS!

Our pets are great companions that you can foster while you’re stuck at home with no place to go… I mean, what could be better than telecommuting and having a trusted companion to do it with? 

If you have been thinking of adopting one of our amazing 300 cats, self quarantine is the perfect time to look into our Foster-to-Adopt program! This program allows you to foster a cat with the intentions of adopting them. It is to ensure that the cat and potential owner have an easier transition prior to adopting and after a couple of weeks, the adoption will be official!

If you’re interested in fostering, check out the info below:

For dogs, to fill out a foster form click here
For cats, please email devin@faithfulfriends.us

Frequently Asked Questions:

This is a rapidly evolving situation.
This page was last updated on March 13, 2020.

General information about Coronavirus /COVID-19

What is Coronavirus/COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the nation’s health protection agency, defines Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 tend to experience mild to severe respiratory illness that can include fever, cough or shortness of breath. Individuals experiencing these symptoms should see their healthcare providers as early as possible for examination.

How can I protect myself from contracting Coronavirus?

The CDC says the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. As the disease continues to spread, the CDC recommends following routine preventive measures that can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community, especially if you are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick and maintain appropriate social distance when and wherever possible.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

Can the disease spread through products or packaging sourced and shipped internationally or domestically?

The CDC says there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with shipped or imported or goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.

Pets and Coronavirus

Can pets contract Coronavirus/COVID-19 from humans? And vice versa?

There is currently no known reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States can be infected with or spread COVID-19. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, the CDC always recommends washing your hands after being around animals. For more information, read the CDC’s FAQ on COVID-19 and animals. You can also learn more about staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, by visiting the CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.

Is it a good idea to stock up on pet products in case there are further production impacts?

Pet parents should always include pets in their family’s emergency preparedness planning and ensure they have enough food and product to care for pets as a general precaution for disaster preparedness.