A “second city in China has permanently banned the consumption of dog and cat meat.” A look back at the rescue of half a dozen dogs from an underground animal research lab. A TNR pioneer loses his life to COVID-19. National “animal protection” groups and many local “shelters” are abdicating their responsibilities during the pandemic, but there are bright spots as other, more progressive shelters are seeing record numbers of adoptions. Several communities are hiring new leaders. And finally, two cats in New York tested positive for COVID-19, but “Testing positive does not mean the cats have the same illness that people have. Nor does it mean that the cats can pass on the illness to people.” 

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But there are some bright spots. Across the country, other, more progressive shelters are embracing ingenuity, a “can do” attitude, and technology to save the animals, while also protecting the public and shelter workers during the pandemic. For example:

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And finally, two cats with mild respiratory issues in New York, from different parts of the state, tested positive for COVID-19. They are the first two pet cats to test positive in the U.S. Should we be overtly worried about our cats? And should we fear cats? The answer to both questions remains, “no.” “Testing positive does not mean the cats have the same illness that people have. Nor does it mean that the cats can pass on the illness to people.” Here’s a look at the evidence.

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