𝐀𝐭 𝐂𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭 𝐀𝐧𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐀𝐑𝐄, 𝐰𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐮𝐬 (𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗) and its potential widespread impact on our community. During these times, our commitment to the health and wellness of our animals, volunteers and staff, as well as the public who come through our doors, remains a priority. We want to share some important information about the virus as it related to animals, and assure you that we are taking necessary precautions to keep people and animals safe.
If you’re a pet parent, please stay informed on the topic regarding companion animals. We’ve been disheartened to learn of instances of pet parents in some countries where the virus is prevalent making troubling decisions about abandoning their pets out of misinformation about how the Coronavirus spreads. 𝐏𝐞𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐧𝐨 𝐜𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐮𝐦𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗.
𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐌𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓 𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆𝐒 𝐏𝐄𝐓 𝐏𝐀𝐑𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐒 𝐒𝐇𝐎𝐔𝐋𝐃 𝐊𝐍𝐎𝐖 𝐓𝐎𝐃𝐀𝐘 𝐀𝐑𝐄:
● According to the CDC, there is currently no known reason to believe that any animals, including pets in the United States, can spread COVID-19.
● Canine respiratory coronavirus is a common virus in dogs that 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐬 and cannot develop into that strain. There are no known cases of COVID-19 transferring between humans and dogs.
● To date, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.
● People who are sick with COVID-19 should restrict their contact with animals. If you see any changes in the health condition of your pets, advice from a veterinarian should be sought as soon as possible. As always, pet parents should adopt good hygiene habits, such as washing their hands before and after handling pets, their food and supplies, and maintain a clean environment.
𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄’𝐒 𝐇𝐎𝐖 𝐖𝐄’𝐑𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐘𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐏𝐀𝐑𝐄𝐃 𝐀𝐓 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐂𝐋𝐄𝐑𝐌𝐎𝐍𝐓 𝐂𝐎𝐔𝐍𝐓𝐘 𝐀𝐍𝐈𝐌𝐀𝐋 𝐒𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐓𝐄𝐑:
● As the situation continues to evolve, we’re closely monitoring available information to stay up-to-date on the spread of the COVID-19 virus as well as any relevant news as it relates to our field. We are abreast of best practices from our national animal sheltering community and are participating in daily discussions to stay current on possible animal shelter impacts.
● We’re in regular communications with Clermont County officials and following daily COVID-19 protocols with guidance from Clermont County Public Health Department, for building cleaning and sanitation – increasing our sanitization efforts by frequently disinfecting often-touched surfaces.
● Our team is working on a comprehensive contingency plan in preparation should we face a shutdown, including proactively managing our intake of animals to minimize the number of animals and people in the building, and increasing reliance on in-home foster care placement to minimize the need for on-site staffing while maintaining our commitment to high-quality animal care
If you’d like to foster a shelter animal, you can complete an online form here
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
*We’re encouraging staff to stay home if they are sick and lining up volunteer support to maintain animal care standards if our team is unable to work
*We’re stockpiling necessary animal care supplies in case of distribution shortages
𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄’𝐒 𝐇𝐎𝐖 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐂𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐏𝐀𝐑𝐄𝐃:
● Have a plan in place for your own pets. If you become sick or require hospitalization, you will need to have someone take your animals.
● Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill.
● Have crates, food and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets
● Keep all animal vaccines up-to-date in the event boarding becomes necessary
● Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions, including the prescription from your veterinarian if possible
● Equip your pets with proper identification: collar with ID tag and microchip
It bears repeating – if you’re a pet parent, please stay informed on the topic regarding companion animals.
The Clermont County animal shelter will be open for business during normal business hours until further notice. This is a very fluid situation and we will remain flexible. We are monitoring the outbreak and will make changes if/when they become necessary.
𝐁𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞!