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COVID-19 Resoures

Updated 03/27/20: This page is constantly being updated as this situation is ever-changing. Please refresh to be sure you have the most up-to-date version.


Dog tested positive for COVID-19 has died. This DOES NOT mean the virus can infect & kill your pets.


Should I Take My Pet to the Vet During This Pandemic?


COVID-19 Pet Health Tips

Penn Vet Doctors Shelley Rankin, Professor of Microbiology and Stephen Cole, Assistant Professor of Clinical Microbiology provide some great information and tips on COVID-19.

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COVID-19 and Your Pet – Penn Vet Tips

Get facts and tips to keep regarding COVID-19 and your pets. These tips were developed by our microbiology experts: Doctors Shelley Rankin, Professor of Microbiology and Stephen Cole, Assistant Professor of Clinical Microbiology.

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Can My Pet Get Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Pet owners, are you asking yourself, " Can My Pet Get Coronavirus (COVID-19)"? Check out our recent blog post.

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Shelters and Rescues

This pandemic has the potential to negatively impact shelters and rescues due to temporary loss of staff and volunteers, limited resources and space, and more pets being surrendered. The Humane Society of the United States provides protocol and guidance for animal shelters to navigate the COVID-19 situation. This website is updated by animal sheltering experts on a daily basis. This link details important steps to expand foster networks during this critical time.

Pennsylvania Animal Response Team (PART)

The Pennsylvania Animal Response Team (PART) is working with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to prepare for the needs of pets should COVID-19 affect shelters or render pets in need. We encourage businesses and agricultural installations that have animals to create a plan for their care should employees become sick or access to supplies limited. The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Teams are also on standby for emergency services, and their webpage is being updated with info here.

Crisis Planning

Pets are an important part of our families, and Pennsylvania law requires us to have a plan in place to care for them. This situation is evolving quickly so pet resources may or may not be available and pet related businesses, organizations, etc. will have to evaluate whether or not to restrict opening to the public. Pennsylvania families should properly prepare and care for their pets in the midst of this crisis. Please maintain adequate supplies of food, water, and medications for all family members including pets.