Joint Statement from The Chicagoland Lifesaving Coalition:

In these unprecedented and uncertain times, our organizations have come together to share important information about COVID-19 with our communities.

  1. The World Health Organization (WHO) states there is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.
  2. It is imperative that guardians of companion pets make plans for their care in the event of any emergency. The following recommendations will help in times of emergency:
    1. Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized.
    2. Research potential facilities in case boarding your pet becomes necessary.
    3. Have crates, food and extra supplies for your pet available in case it is necessary to move them or if it becomes necessary to reduce exposure.
    4. All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
    5. Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful.
    6. Pets should have identification including a collar with current identification tags and a registered microchip.
  3. Currently, all of our organizations remain open although we have canceled many events. We are all following public health recommendations for disinfecting public areas regularly throughout the day and ensuring that our staff, volunteers and animals are healthy.

At this time, we do not know what the next few weeks may bring although we are all actively working to get as many shelter pets into good homes as possible. Please consider adopting or signing up to foster with any of our organizations.

As trusted partners in animal care, we will continue to keep you updated through our websites and social media.

Animal Care League
Chicago Animal Care and Control
DuPage County Animal Care and Control
Evanston Animal Shelter
Heartland Animal Shelter
Hinsdale Humane Society
One Tail at a Time
Safe Humane
South Suburban Humane Society
The Anti-Cruelty Society
Treehouse Humane Society

Comments (2)

Lauren Tvrdik
Sun, Mar 15, 2020, 9:23 AM
Hinsdale Humane Society continues to be a leader in the care of shelter animals and a respected resource for our communities. Bless you and your work. Thank-you for the updates.

Two messages: Don't go to the shelter sick (or for just a field trip) AND consider donating at this time!

Finally, this is a medical and scientific issue. Real information and evidence-based decision-making is key. The administrative and medical team at HHS has vast experience in shelter medicine and leadership and will continue to make great decisions, based on current information from experts. We are blessed to have their expertise to guide HHS forward at this time. Support them, stay strong, practice civility and be brave!
The Kraus Family
Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 6:02 PM
Appreciate your giving us information to keep our beloved pets safe during this time of crisis. They too are vulnerable.

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