Response to COVID-19
The health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, patrons, community and animals in our care are always our priority. As we continue to navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) together, we request that anyone who is currently ill, or has any known risk factors related to the virus, please stay at home.
Known Risk Factors Include
• Positive or presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19.
• Contact with someone positively or presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19.
• Active but undiagnosed symptoms, including fever, cough, respiratory illness or other COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC.
We will continue to keep you, our valued patrons, the animals in our care, and our staff and volunteers at the center of our planning and decision making.
Pets Are Not at Risk of COVID-19
Foothills Animal Rescue hopes to reassure people with pets that, as far as experts know, your dogs and cats are safe and can serve as a source of comfort during a crisis. Multiple health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and the American Veterinary Medical Association have stated that pets and domestic animals are not at risk for contracting COVID-19.
• The real threat at this point is animal shelters across the country facing an increase of dogs and cats in need of homes because fewer people are visiting shelters right now, and in some cases shelters are having to temporarily close to the public.
• It’s beneficial to have pets in your house as they can serve as a source of comfort.
• The companionship of pets has been shown to reduce stress and lower anxiety, helping people to feel calmer and more secure when the news from the outside world is distressing.
People with pets should be prepared with enough food, water and medications for your pet, in case of lockdown or self-quarantine. (Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit)
• Have on hand at least a one-month supply of your pets’ medications, litter, and food.
• Make sure your pets’ vaccination records are current and you have copies.
• Consider the care of your pets as you put together your household readiness plan.
Rely on trusted and up-to-date sources for the latest information and recommendations.
Pet Education for Kids
Being stuck in-doors is a great way to learn something new! Below are links for kids that teach them proper animal handling, how to read animal language and more.