Although experts from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that cats and dogs are not at risk of getting COVID-19 nor transmitting it to their human owners, PETA is asking everyone to ensure that their animals are still getting healthy food, plenty of exercise, and lots of love during this outbreak.
“Our dogs and cats rely on us to take care of them year round, and especially during times of crisis,” says PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker.
Here are 3 tips to keep your animal companions and you safe and healthy during the lockdown.
1. Never put face masks on animals, as they can cause breathing difficulties.
2. Allow animals to move about your home normally. Don’t cage or crate them.
3. If you are sick or under medical attention for COVID-19, you should avoid close contact with your animals. Have another member of your household care for the animals so as not to get the virus on their fur. The coronavirus can be left on animals’ fur, just as it can remain on a doorknob, a handrail, another human hand, or any other surface that an infected person has touched.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters. It works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.