Pets are collateral victims of the Covid-19 pandemic

As lockdown measures tighten further and fake news spread, animal shelters fear a surge in abandoned animals...

Taking care of pets in lockdown

Pets displaced by coronavirus pandemic

To this day, there is no scientific evidence that pets can transmit Covid-19. In China, with the spread of the epidemic, companion animals have suffered from population displacements and confinement measures. The other way that dogs and cats have been negatively impacted is when the family members left their city before the city’s lockdown. They don't leave enough food for their dogs and cats thinking that they would return in a few days. However, when the lockdown became indefinite, distressed, the pets’ owners started to appeal to animal protection organizations in China for them to go to their apartments and to feed their dogs and cats.

Some organizations fear that this situation will recur elsewhere in the world. In France, as confinement measures were set in place, shelters are worried they won’t be able to handle abandonments.The French Society for the Protection of Animals houses more than 3,500 animals every month. For the moment, people are quarantined and can't leave their homes, so they can't come to adopt in the shelters. According to the French SPA, if the shelters are saturated, this could lead to a wave of euthanasia in the pounds. In response, they are committed to simplifying the adoption procedures.

How to quarantine with your pets

If you’re quarantined with your animals, several measures can be taken to care for them: make sure you have enough food to feed them, designate someone to take care of them if you get sick, and play with them while respecting hygiene measures. If you need to see a veterinarian, they can do check ups with telemedicine, over the phone, and with the video conference to see if that dog really needs to be seen and minimize that traffic. For information about pet care and adoption in the United States, visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website.


03/24/2020 11:35 AM


  • Debbie C.
    03/30/2020 16:49

    such a bad country xx

  • Teal R.
    03/25/2020 10:37

    This really makes no sense. People will literally eat every living creature under the sun with no fear or restrictions but the second they get a tidbit of information on the virus, they will go as far as to abandon or kill innocent animals. Again without even really knowing?

  • Brenda B.
    03/25/2020 04:13

    There are ignorant people in all countries. I would not leave my pet behind while I run from something even if I expected it to be a few days.

  • Sàrà M.
    03/24/2020 20:51

    China has no respect for any animals

  • Humane S.
    03/24/2020 15:04

    Thank you so much for spreading the message and supporting pets affected by COVID-19, 💔

  • Corinne H.
    03/24/2020 14:16

    Fuck China

  • Chris S.
    03/24/2020 13:24

    They need to pay a visit to Wuhan Market

  • Laurie F.
    03/24/2020 12:45

    No , no it’s not ..... They eat everything and ANYTHING ‼️🤢🤮

  • Erljon L.
    03/24/2020 12:30

    Yo take social distancing its ok but this? Without food or water to animals? Hell no, Dont do that just don't

  • Jaipriya S.
    03/24/2020 12:25

    Oh God how these puppies were abandoned. Those insane chinese eat dogs and bats and whatever crawls. How were these spared. ?

  • Jeanette S.
    03/24/2020 12:18

    Always the animals suffer because of humans

  • Ann M.
    03/24/2020 11:50

    It's all about the exotic animals that are isolated in crowded unkempt warehouses & are continued to be consumed that spread the coronavirus disease - NOT dogs & cats! Oh China - live & learn ...please!!

  • Robin L.
    03/24/2020 11:43

    People are so cruel . cold blooded and ignorant. Thank you to those that find these precious creatures and take care of them. We suddenly have 9 cats out here on the ranch that past week that someone most likely dumped.I keep seeing new cats every day out here.