Message from the Blackfoot Animal Shelter & Rescue Board

While COVID-19 is contagious for humans and, as of now, is understood to spread primarily from person to person, the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) Global Veterinary Community—an association representing more than 200,000 veterinarians— states that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected. As always, careful handwashing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.

Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people. The association does, however, caution that this is a rapidly evolving situation and updates will be provided as they are received. People confirmed to have COVID-19 should avoid contact with other people as well as pets. 

Preparation brings peace and it is our ultimate desire that all animals remain in their happy homes with their loving families.To help with this effort the Blackfoot Animal Shelter and Rescue is encouraging people with pets to be prepared in the event of any kind of emergency. The following link will take you to the HSUS emergency preparedness guidelines for you and your pet. We strongly encourage you to use these guidelines and implement a plan for you and all of your companion animals: