Mountain Humane joins the Humane Society of the United States and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement in suggesting community members create a preparedness plan that includes their pets now that the virus that causes COVID-19 has arrived in the Wood River Valley. In addition to preparations typically recommended for any natural disaster threat, individuals with pets should:
Make a preparedness plan for your pets:
- Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized.
- Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
- Have crates, 2 weeks of food and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case moving them becomes necessary or if the disease spreads in the community and it becomes necessary to reduce social exposure.
- All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
- Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful. Ideally, owners should have a 2 week supply of medications on-hand.
- Pets should have identification including a collar with current identification tags and a registered microchip.
Mountain Humane recommends staying diligent in preparations, but not overreacting to COVID-19 concerns. By creating a preparedness plan ahead of time for the unlikely event it becomes necessary to put into motion, community members can do their part to ensure animal service resources do not become overwhelmed and their pets are spared unnecessary stress.
This is a good time to distance yourself from people and spend some quality time with your pets.