The USDA announced “the first dog in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2.” A new study, however, shows that dogs do not shed the virus and, as such, can’t pass it on to others. A California shelter is cleared out thanks to adopters, foster parents, and rescuers. A Virginia shelter joins the 90% Club. And another VA shelter hits placement rates as high as 100%.
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- The USDA announced “the first dog in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2,” the virus that causes COVID 19. The dog is expected to make a full recovery. Should we be worried about our own dogs? And should we fear dogs? Here’s why the answer to both questions remains, “no.”
- One of those reasons is a new SARS-CoV-2 study shows that dogs do NOT shed the virus. As such, there is no mode of transmission either to other dogs, to other animals, or to people.
Shelters across the country are embracing ingenuity, a “can do” attitude, and technology to save the animals, both before and during the pandemic. And thanks to an overwhelming response by the public, these shelters say “they have placed record numbers of dogs, cats and other animals” and many are finding themselves empty for the first time in their history. For example:
- Alameda CA’s East County Animal Shelter “has been cleared out thanks to adoptions and foster parents… A lot of rescues [have also] stepped up…”
- Arlington County, VA, is the newest members of the 90% Club, an important milestone on the road to No Kill. It reported a placement rate of 93% for dogs, 93% for cats, and 93% for rabbits and other animals.
- Louisa County, VA, reported a placement rate of 97% for dogs, 98% for cats, and 100% for rabbits and other animals. For other animals, Louisa County is part of the most exclusive club in the movement — those placing at least 99% of the animals.
Shelters do not have to kill animals now. And they don’t have to kill animals should some of them be returned after the crisis is over. Indeed, they never did.
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