Area Shelters Urge Pet Owners to Make Plans in Case of Illness

The Pima Animal Care Center (PACC), The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, and The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary are asking pet owners to have a plan in place for their pets in the wake of COVID-19.

You should start by identifying a temporary caregiver in case you are hospitalized, and you should also put together an emergency supply kit. That kit should include enough food, treats, and toys on hand for at least two weeks and contact information about who will be caring for your pet if you are sick.

Keeping area shelters free of long-term care animals allows them to be better prepared for the onset of kitten season, as well as the ongoing need to respond to cruelty, neglect, and other animals who are in immediate danger or have emergency needs.

PACC has temporarily suspended walk-in adoptions in an effort to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. You must now make an appointment if you're interested in fostering or adoption. Meanwhile, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) is asking for donations of unopened pet food to be offered to families in need of assistance.