Resources for Animals During Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

As Pennsylvania responds to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, there has been understandable focus on the serious impact on the human population. However, there are animal issues surfacing that affect us all. Humane PA has a large membership of Pennsylvania animal lovers and affiliated groups across the state, so we want to help Surgeon-dog-Crested-Butteprovide information as it becomes available.   As Hurricane Katrina highlighted, human and animal lives are inextricably intertwined and planning for humans works better when animals are part of the program.  Please continue to share Pennsylvania resources with us and we will add information here as it becomes available.

Do our pets spread the virus? The World Health Organization reports “there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19.” and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association published “Can My Pet Get Coronavirus (COVID-19)?” .

Shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries need our help.  There is an expected loss of staff and volunteers, limited resources and space, and more animal intakes/surrenders—all combined with fewer adoptions and less fosters. The following links lead to helpful resources amid this crisis. Please help get the word out about the availability of this information and associated tools.
• The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) provides protocol and guidance for animal shelters to navigate the COVID-19 situation and advice on  expanding foster networks during this critical time. An increased demand for fosters may develop if shelters experience a surge of pet surrenders. It also has FAQs about pet preparedness and what people can do to help animals in need.
The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART) is on standby for emergency services,  PASART is working with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to prepare for the needs of pets should COVID-19 affect shelters or render pets in privation.
• The Humane Society of Harrisburg is doing Virtual Adoptions!

Veterinarian Resources:  The Pennsylvania Veterinarian Medical Association has updated resources and information for Pennsylvania Veterinarians on its website.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture issues: Guidance to Ensure Continuity for Animal Shelters and Boarding Facilities, Offers Advice for Pet Owners

Please stay safe.

Your friends at Humane PA PAC


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