ARE YOU IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE DUE TO COVID-19?
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), there is currently no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection in the United States. And according to the CDC, “At this time, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people from the skin or fur of pets.” We encourage you to monitor the CDC’s webpage on pets for the latest updates.
VETERINARY CARE RESOURCES
Magic Bullet Fund (cancer care financial assistance for pets)
Banfield Foundation – HOPE Funds program. Contact your local Banfield Pet Hospital for more information & eligibilty.
PET FOOD BANKS
Lost our Home – Accepts owner surrenders & Pet Food Bank
CASS AZ Pet Food Bank
Vista del Camino Food Bank-P.E.T Pantry(Pets Eat, Too!) – 480-312-2323
Arizona Animal Welfare League(AAWL) – Accepts owner-surrenders
Make A Plan for your Pet!
With the expected peak in COVID-19 cases still ahead of us, Fearless Kitty Rescue is encouraging pet owners to have a plan for their pets in the event that they fall ill. While there is currently no evidence you can contract COVID-19 from your Pet, it’s important to plan ahead to protect your furry friends in the event that your own health is compromised.
• Prepare an emergency kit: Keep at least a 2-week supply of pet food and water for your pets, as well as any medications they may need and a travel crate. Find out what should be included in your emergency kit
• Identify people who can care for your pets: Have at least three options lined up in case they become sick or hospitalized. Create a care tree for how your pets will be cared for if your backup options are no longer able to care for them.
• Create a written emergency plan for each pet: Include your name and contact information, your pet’s feeding schedule, any medical conditions and treatment instructions. Document whether your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations, and list the contact information for your veterinarian
Unless you are hospitalized and live alone, keep your pets with you. It’s the best place for them to be, and it will bring comfort in these turbulent times. If you have to self-quarantine, if possible, the best place for your pets is with your pets identified caregiver. If you should take ill you will not have exposed your pet to COVID-19 and possibly infecting them.
Take precautions – your pet should be social distancing as well. You can take them on walks, but keep 6 feet of distance from other people and pets.
UCDavis Veterinary Medicine (UCDavis)