Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) is asking residents to plan now for the eventuality of becoming hospitalized and establishing ongoing care for their pets with a friend, neighbor, or relative. Preparing involves:
- Having a written plan that designates individuals who can care for your pets,
- Having supplies of medications and food, care/feeding instructions, and
- Having vaccine history (even if not current) available.
Also important is ensuring your pet has proper ID on a collar and that microchip information (if relevant) is up to date. This information should be posted in a prominent place in your home (such as taped to the refrigerator).
Due to some risk of contamination in your home if you were hospitalized due to Covid-19, it would be best to have someone who can care for your pet at their own home. Pets are not considered to carry any significant amount of virus on their haircoats. The CDC has information on their website for people with pets. They state, “We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to people or that they might be a source of infection in the United States.” The link to this webpage is: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html
Animal Services needs citizens to do all they can to prepare for someone to care for their pets ahead of time as we may not have the capacity (either space or staffing) to take in every pet from such a situation.
If an individual were taken to hospital and responding emergency services were aware of pets in the home, Animal Services would be notified, though having information available to any emergency responders that indicates who should be contacted (friend/family) to care for your pets, would be the best course of action.