04/17/2020

A Bronx Zoo tiger tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 causing some to fear animals—including pets—could potentially spread the virus which causes COVID-19 in humans. Per the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “There have been no reports of pets or livestock becoming ill with COVID-19 in the United States” and “no evidence to suggest domestic animals … that may be incidentally infected by humans, play a role in the spread of COVID-19.”  An AVMA report offers hygiene recommendations for pet owners, and pet owners should create emergency pet-care plans. For temporary food sources, see OAA’s state-wide Pet Food Pantry listing. Also see possible grant options that may be helpful during the pandemic.  Our pets need us, and we need them!