Some Good News Amidst the Crazy
I have noticed that when people are scared, overwhelmed, anxious and living amidst great uncertainty, sometimes even good news can trigger you. I totally relate to that. The world is changing so fast right now, there is so much that no longer feels within our control, even good news can feel suspect. I get that too. So perhaps simply look at today’s Second Chance Pet Column as news that is not bad, creating some bandwith for that…
So here is some non-agenda based news: we have had record number of adoptions the past two weeks at Second Chance (and regionally and nationally) as people are truly wanting to make a difference and allow their “stay at home” time to become more meaningful and bearable.
As a result Second Chance, among other animal welfare organizations, is much better prepared to receive a lot more pets that need help now, whether it be directly within our communities or with our partner agencies that are not able to meet the demand. Also, Second Chance’s Pet Food Bank gained community attention last weekend and is now better stocked to support low income families in keeping their pet’s fed.
Among other news that is not bad, despite the occasional media report of a pet diagnosed with COVID-19, (a 17 year old dog in Southeast Asia and a cat in Belgium) there still is no evidence that pets can contract or spread COVID-19. The CDC says it has not received any reports of pets or animals becoming sick with the disease.
The American Veterinary Medical Association concurs, although, "out of an abundance of caution", recommends limiting contact with your pet if you are sick with COVID-19, until more is known about the virus. If you're not sick with the coronavirus, recommendations are to interact with your pet as you normally would (or more than you normally would to improve your mental health).
Another concern that has been circulating is of pets serving as a host surface for COVID-19. A recent NPR program interviewed a virologist at the University of North Carolina who stated that (and the AVMA agrees) animals offer a low risk of transferring COVID-19 from their hair, as animal’s coats are porous.
Porousness is a good thing when it comes to avoiding viral transmission. A surface that is permeable, like a fabric, tends to trap viruses more easily than hard surfaces. “The virus gets kind of stuck to the [porous] surface, and so it can't be easily transferred back off of it," the virologist continued, "Porous surfaces also suck up fluid The viral membrane is a lipid membrane, and so if that becomes dried out, it's basically done, infectivity-wise." Still, in the interest of caution, it is recommended to ask non-household members not to pet your dog right now.
I am the most noteworthy part of this Pet Column. My name is Clover and I am a 6 month-old homeless kitten that loves attention, and thus would be a great distraction for you as you practice the feline qualities of sticking to home rather than gallivanting about.
My Mom was an adventurer and it nearly killed my whole family. We were found, malnourished and sick , in a broom closet she had wandered into to give birth. I bounced back quickly since being rescued by Second Chance and am now eager to become your Covid Companion. Set up an adoption appointment today!
Contact Second Chance Humane Society at 970.626.2273 or online (adoptmountainpets.org) to learn how you can receive services, adopt, volunteer, foster, or donate to our programs and services. Also please let us know of any additional needs you are currently facing in keeping your pets as part of your families.