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  • Pima County Pets and COVID-19 FAQ's

    Can my pets get COVID-19?

    The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says “There has been fewer than 25 reports from around the world of pets (dogs and cats) being infected with SARS-Co V-2; however, none of these reports suggest that pets are a source of infection for people. Evidence to date from the few domestic animals that have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 indicate that these infections are typically a result of close contact with people with COVID-19.” The entire statement can be found here, and it is helpful for pet owners and those who care for community cats. 

    I've heard that some zoo animals have been infected by zookeepers? Is that true?

    Yes, some lions and tigers got sick at a zoo in New York, a puma in South Africa, some tigers in a Tennessee zoo, and snow leopards at a Kentucky zoo all tested positive after showing signs of respiratory illness. The CDC is keeping a track here

    Is PACC housing animals whose owners have COVID-19?

    Pets with potential exposure to COVID-19 are housed at PACC in a non-public area and are segregated from the rest of our pet population, as well as volunteers, for the CDC and AVMA-recommended period of 14 days. During that time, they get kennel enrichment and care from vet techs and staff members, but are not handled. They can be reclaimed by their owner or a designated friend or family member during the period. If they’re not reclaimed at the end of the 14 days, PACC will determine if they need longer-term holding or if they can be made available if owners cannot or do not want to reclaim. If we believe an owner wants their pet back and needs longer term emergency boarding, we are working with our partners at Central Pet to provide boarding vouchers on a case-by-case basis. 

    How do I prepare to keep my pet safe at home if I get COVID-19?

    It’s all about having a solid plan. Here is the complete guidance we have shared many times on our social media pages about being ready to shelter your pets in place if you get COVID-19. Key messages are to identify a temporary caregiver in case you are hospitalized, and put together an emergency supply kit for your pet. 

    If I get sick, can I still cuddle with my pets?

    The CDC recommends that if you are sick, you should restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would with people. You can read their complete recommendations here. The important thing to remember is there are a lot of unknowns, and while experts believe the risk of human to pet transmission is very low, it’s better to be cautious and avoid close contact with your pets while you are sick. If you do need to handle your pets while you are ill, the CDC recommends avoiding being kissed or licked by your pet and washing your hands before you interact with them. 

    Do I need to worry about COVID-19 being carried on the fur of my pets or other pets I interact with?

    The CDC guidance says at this time, “there is no evidence the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people from the skin or fur of pets.” You can read their complete FAQ on pets and COVID here

    If I am fostering a pet and I get sick, should I bring that pet back to the shelter?

    We are recommending that anyone who can shelters in place with their pet, whether that is a foster pet or owned animal. If you are sick and you need help getting your pet back to PACC, you can contact our animal protection dispatch line at 520-724-5900, extension 4. 

    If I care for community cats, should I be worried about them getting and spreading COVID-19?

    There is no current evidence to suggest community cats will become infected or spread COVID-19. If you care for cats or any other pet that appear to be sick, you should consult your veterinarian. 

    Are you still doing adoptions, foster placement and emergency intake?

    Yes. We are performing all of those services by appointment. Please visit the PACC website for more information. 

    I’m experiencing food insecurity or I cannot afford care for my pet due to job loss or other impact of COVID-19. Is there anywhere I can go for help?

    You can visit the Pima Animal Care Center Pet Support Center online or call us at 520-724-2222. Our staff are here to provide counseling and to tell you where you can go for food, supplies and where you can find low cost medical care. We are here to support you and your pets through this uncertain time. 

    You can also visit to request food assistance for your pets. 
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    4000 N. Silverbell Rd.
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    (520) 724-5900
    FAX: (520) 724-5960

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    1249 N Well Rd
    Ajo, AZ 85321
    (520) 387-7502

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