The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) yesterday dispelled as “untrue” any suggestion pets could be the source of the pandemic.
Urging people not to abandon animals because of the Hong Kong incident, in which a dog that tested positive for coronavirus died after returning from quarantine virus-free, NSPCA executive director Marcelle Meredith said neither pets nor farm animals could pass on Covid-19 to humans.
Both the World Organisation for Animal Health, based in France, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. have said there is no evidence that companion animals such as cats and dogs can spread the virus. “Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare,” the animal-health organization said.
“We concur with the World Health Organisation that there is currently no evidence that pets can be the source of the virus or that they can be sick from it.
“Amid all the panic caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus, the NSPCA calls on all owners of pets and farm animals not to abandon them out of fear that they could spread the disease.
Adoptions are on hold and pet shelters across Canada are scrambling to make ends meet to take care of their animals due to COVID-19.
“There should not be any worry about pets and farm animals due to the coronavirus.
☑️ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Organisation for Animal Health have issued advisories saying there is no evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/bbKWCcHj0h
— Humane Society Int'l (@HSIGlobal) March 18, 2020