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Dumb Friends League statement on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

The health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, patrons, community and animals in our care are always our priority. As we continue to navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) together, we request that anyone who is currently ill, or has any known risk factors related to the virus, please do not visit our facilities. We encourage you to return when you are feeling well again or no longer fall into one of these risk categories.

Known Risk Factors Include

  • Positive or presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19
  • Contact with someone positively or presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Travel to Level 2 or Level 3 countries as identified by the CDC: China, Iran, South Korea, Italy and Japan
  • Active but undiagnosed symptoms, including fever, cough or respiratory illness

Additionally, we have encouraged all employees and volunteers to follow the same protocol.

We will continue to keep you, our valued patrons, the animals in our care, and our staff and volunteers at the center of our planning and decision making.

If you need immediate assistance on an urgent matter, please contact our Customer Service team at 303.751.5772 and we will work with you to get you the assistance you need.

Please click here for cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19.


Should I be concerned about pets and COVID-19?

According to the CDC, while the virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person in China. There is no reason to think that any animals, including pets in the United States, might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.

Should I avoid contact with pets if I am sick with COVID-19?

According to the CDC, you should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.

What Should I do to Prepare?

As always, you should include your pet in any disaster planning and be prepared to implement your pet’s emergency plan. Your pet’s emergency plan should include:

  • Identify a caregiver for your pet in times of emergency or illness
  • Keep your pet up-to-date with vaccinations and have updated medical paperwork on hand
  • Have a two-week supply of food and medications on hand and ensure all medications and dosages are documented
  • If your pet has a microchip, make sure your contact information is updated and that your pet wears a collar with tags at all times

We have additional resources available to help you create a disaster or emergency plan for your pet.

Please visit the CDC’s website if you have additional questions regarding pets and COVID-19.

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