As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into April, the SPCA has compiled information that is based on current advice and evidence. We will update this page as more information becomes available.
There is still no evidence showing that pet animals are capable of spreading the virus to other humans or animals. So far, there are three cases in Hong Kong (two dogs and one cat), pointing to the fact that pet owners who are confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 can transmit the virus to their pets. However, these three animals are all asymptomatic meaning that they haven’t become sick with COVID-19, there is also no evidence that these animals are contagious i.e. can transmit the virus to humans or other animals.
Even with reports of isolated cases around the world, our concern should not be with pets getting COVID-19 but with preventing human-to-human transmission. We strongly urge all responsible pet owners to listen to credible sources of information. The advice from experts around the world is that humans should exercise stringent personal hygiene and practice social distancing in order to avoid contracting and spreading the virus. Wash your hands frequently, do not cough or sneeze in the vicinity of your pet, always use a tissue or armpit to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and finally if you do develop symptoms of the virus please self-isolate from humans and animals, and consult a medical professional.
Pets provide people with invaluable companionship especially during this difficult time. They love us unconditionally no matter what is happening in the world outside. Whether you are working from home or self-isolating, there are always ways for you to keep yourself and your pets happy and healthy (see our tips section later). Should you have further queries, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shelters in the US have reported that support for adoption or fostering has been overwhelming and some have even temporarily emptied their shelters. Animal rescue organisations in Hong Kong have animals that are in need of help even during such difficult times. With many people spending more time at home now might be a good time to consider how you could help by adopting an animal or even through fostering. It is not just puppies and kittens that need fostering (or adopting for that matter) but some animals have been living in shelters for months or years and would really benefit from a respite break.
You never know with fostering you may fall in love and find a new family member!
Until further notice, the SPCA has implemented the following procedures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:
The SPCA is striving to maintain its emergency animal rescue and 24-hour veterinary services during these difficult times. There are ways for you to support us and the animals in need. Please click here for information and action!
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