The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has assembled a toolkit for animal shelters to help them respond to the needs of the communities that they serve. They are in close contact with their Shelter and Rescue Partners to share important information about how to protect pets during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Their Pets for Life program, which supports pet owners in underserved areas, has delivered additional supplies to senior and immobile clients and is modifying spay/neuter and veterinary appointments to maintain those valuable services within certain guidelines.
How can I be preparing to take care of my pet?
As with disaster preparedness, HSUS urges everyone to have a plan in place for how to endure this crisis from the safety of their homes. Here are some steps to take:
Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes too ill to care for them.
Have crates, food and extra supplies on hand for movement and relocation of pets if necessary.
Keep all animal vaccines up to date and have copies of those records available in the event that boarding becomes necessary.
Ensure that all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. It’s a good idea to include the prescription from your veterinarian with the medications and your pet’s to-go bag.
Pets should have proper identification: a collar with ID tag and if possible, a microchip with current, up-to date contact information.