Pets & COVID-19
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) wants pet owners and others to know that there is no evidence to date that suggests that pets might be a source of COVID-19 infection. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in certain types of animals. The exact source of the coronavirus 2019 is not known. Although the first infections were thought to be linked to a live animal market, now the virus is primarily spreading from person to person. There is also no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people from the skin or fur of pets. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals such as washing your hands after handling animals, their food, waste or supplies. Treat pets like other family members – do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If you become sick with COVID-19, the CDC recommends you restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would around other people. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animal while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. For responsible pet owners, preparing in advance is key should you become sick or need to self-isolate. Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared, with at least two weeks’ worth of your pet’s food and any needed medications. Emergency kits like this are thought of in terms of what might be needed for an evacuation, but it’s also good to have one prepared in the case of quarantine or self-isolation when you cannot leave your home. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019, go to Daily Life & Coping, then If You Have Animals.
Pet food and cat litter needed!
The team at Suncoast Humane Society (SHS) knows all too well the consequences of families in crisis when there is a pet in the home. It is times like these when they historically have seen people relinquish their pets to a shelter because they cannot meet the basic needs of their pets. Suncoast Humane Society wants to help people keep their pets with them. With your help, they will open a robust Community Pet Food Bank where people can get help to feed their pets once the stay-at-home order is lifted. Needed right now: unopened dry/canned cat and dog food, and unopened cat litter. Online orders can be shipped to Suncoast Humane Society 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood FL 34224. Pet food and litter can also be brought to: N. Venice Pet Supermarket, S. Venice Pet Supermarket, Englewood Pet Supermarket, North Port Pet Supermarket and Port Charlotte Petco. Donations can also be brought to the shelter gate, 6781 San Casa, on Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY, between 10-11am and again between 2-3pm.