COVID19 Updates

April 6th, 2020: 

As we continue to receive questions about the coronavirus and pets, we want to ensure you that we are keeping current with up to date information from the USDA, CDC, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. We want to clarify that the recent news about the positive coronavirus test in the zoo tiger in New York showing respiratory illness does not support the current concern that we can become ill from our pets. It supports just the opposite, that a human can potentially infect an animal. Given that, it is important to not panic and think that you must relinquish your pet if you or a household member become ill. 

Please take this time to make sure that your companion animals will have the care they need should you become hospitalized or unable to care for them. There are a myriad of resources that encourage people who are ill to not only socially distance from other people, but also their pets. This does not mean, however, that you must relinquish or abandon your pet to protect your health. You can minimize the impact of this disease to others in your household by following these simple steps:

  • If you’re infected, limit contact with animals.
  • If someone in your house is infected, keep your animals away from other animals and people.
  • Social distancing includes your pets. Keep your pets away from other people and animals, just like you should be doing with yourself.

The following is the latest information from the AVMA: “We do not have a clear answer as to whether SARS-CoV-2 can infect pets at this time. That said, currently, there is no evidence that pets become sick. Infectious disease experts, as well as the CDC, OIE, and WHO indicate there is also no evidence to suggest that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection with SARS-CoV-2, including spreading COVID-19 to people. More investigation is underway and, as we learn more, we will update you. However, because animals can spread other diseases to people and people can also spread diseases to animals, it’s a good idea to always wash your hands before and after interacting with animals.” 

We strongly encourage you to review these additional resources: 

AVMA:

https://www.avma.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/covid-19-faq-pet-owners_031620.pdf

USDA:

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/newsroom/news/sa_by_date/sa-2020/ny-zoo-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR3wH2UYbT5NosfEOCn5BgnLTzy_jwHb86Deqi96Zs5Bsy8nYnaBV_HZtws


 

April 1st, 2020

Woods Humane Society will operate at a limited public capacity during the Shelter at Home Order. We welcome serious adopters to call and make an adoption appointment if they are interested in taking home a new best friend. The shelter will close to the public when scheduled adoption appointments are through…or at 4pm (whichever comes first). 

Adoption Appointments for:

San Luis Obispo Adoption Center - 805.543.9316 x 10

Atascadero Adoption Center - 805.466.5403 x 40 

Our shelters will remain closed to the public for non-essential activities for the duration of the Shelter at Home order placed by San Luis Obispo County health officials. Ongoing, please call us at the numbers listed above if you are interested in any of the animals who are available on our website. https://www.woodshumanesociety.org/adopt/

Essential animal care and medical staff will continue to provide the Woods Humane Society level of care to all of our furry guests throughout the duration of the Shelter at Home order.

CLICK HERE for information about Coronaviras Changes Veterinary Clinics

We do need your financial support through this challenging time and ask that you consider making an online donation to support the vital operational and medical activities at Woods Humane Society. Online donations can be made at https://www.woodshumanesociety.org/donate/ and directly support the dogs and cats of Woods.



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