PETS AND COVID-19:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), there is currently no evidence that companion animals, including dogs, can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection in the United States. We encourage you to monitor the CDC’s webpage on pets for the latest updates.
Golden Treasures knows that our family of volunteers, fosters, and adopters are in an unusual, never-before situation with the COVID virus. Not only do we have to do our part to keep the virus from spreading to our families and into our communities, we have to be mindful of something that some of us haven’t thought about.
What would happen to my dogs if I should become ill and not able to care for them? We’re all hoping that doesn’t happen, but it’s best to be prepared. Talk to someone in your family who you know would welcome your dog(s) on a temporary basis. Or maybe you have a friend who would help. Have a Plan “A” and a Plan “B”. Then prepare a few items that would be sent along with your pets: food, meds, toys, helpful notes, and make sure your dogs all have a collar with a tag, even if they’re chipped.
Golden Treasures has a clause in their Adoption Agreement that says if you’re unable to take care of your Golden Treasures dog for any reason, it has to come back to us. That clause pertains to PERMANENT inability to take care of your dog. In that case, the dog does come back to us. It is not meant for TEMPORARY situations such as we’re experiencing now.
As much as we would like to be able to help in temporary situations, we have to be able to respond to emergency intakes, as well as have housing for the dogs already in our program.
So, take a few moments to read the information on the website of AVMA, and put together a plan of action should you not be able to properly take care of your dog(s) in an emergency.
Staff of Golden Treasures