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 do not visit our facilities. We encourage you to return when you are feeling well again or no longer fall into one of these risk categories.
Our Changes due to COVID-19
• Brynne Smith Memorial Campus and both Resale Boutique locations closed to the public.
• Petco Cattery hours changed to 10AM-6PM
• PetSmart Deer Valley Cattery is closed for adoptions.
• All upcoming volunteer orientations have been cancelled.
• All community and adoption events cancelled.
• Paws to Celebrate postponed until further notice.
Known Risk Factors Include
• Positive or presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19.
• Contact with someone positively or presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19.
• Travel to Level 2 or Level 3 countries as identified by the CDC: China, Iran, South Korea, Italy and Japan.
• Active but undiagnosed symptoms, including fever, cough or respiratory illness.
Additionally, we have encouraged all employees and volunteers to follow the same protocol.
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.