Do you have a COVID-19 plan for your pet?

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AHS will begin safely resuming services in phases

Although Animal Humane Society is closed to the public due to COVID-19, we continue to provide limited essential services and will begin reintroducing programs and services in phases. See the current status of our services.

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At Animal Humane Society, we know your pets are family. And while no one enjoys preparing for a crisis, it’s important to plan for what will happen to your pets should you no longer be able to care for them. 

Take these three steps to protect your pet’s health and well-being in the event of an emergency:

1. Know the facts.

There’s no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you become ill but are still able to care for your pet, please stay at home, and keep them at home with you. However, the CDC recommends that if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you should limit the amount of interaction you have with your pets as much as possible.

2. Identify someone who can help if you are hospitalized or become too ill to care for your pet.

Reach out now to your neighbors, friends, coworkers, or family members who could temporarily take them in. Many boarding facilities remain open and also may be able to provide care. The most important thing you can do today is talk directly with people who can help so they’re prepared in case they’re called to action.

3. Prepare a pet supply kit.

It may not seem necessary today, but if you find yourself in an emergency situation, having the proper supplies (including food, medications, vet’s contact info., etc.) already packed and ready will be a huge help. Your kit should include:

  • Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pet
  • Name and contact information for a back-up in case your first contact is no longer able to help
  • Food and treats (for up to two weeks)
  • A leash and harness (if applicable)
  • Toys, a bed, and blankets
  • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
  • Vaccination records and contact information for your veterinary clinic
  • Collars with ID tags (and remember to update your pet's microchip information)
  • Medications and prescriptions with instructions
  • Daily care instructions

What if my pet is showing symptoms of illness?

Contact your veterinarian if you suspect that your pet has been exposed to the virus or if you're worried about their health. If you believe you've been exposed to coronavirus and are symptomatic, contact your physician immediately.

Loved for Life

AHS provides free re-homing services for Legacy Circle members through a program we call Loved for Life. Building on more than 140 years of animal adoption experience, as well as an infrastructure based on providing quality homes for animals in need, AHS will ensure that pets enrolled in our Loved for Life program will always have the lifelong, caring home you have pledged to provide them. Learn more.

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline