Current Coronavirus Update
PACT for Animals is committed to the safety and health of our PACT pets, owners, and foster families. With this in mind, the PACT for Animals Board of Directors has agreed on the following plan of action in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. We encourage all families in our program to follow recommendations from their physicians and the CDC to best protect themselves.
The following recommendations are made based on those offered on the CDC website (CDC Coronavirus Update). PACT for Animals, its Board of Directors, and its Staff make no claims to medical knowledge. Individuals should always seek medical advice from their own physicians, veterinarians, hospitals, or other health professionals.
- PACT will be instituting a 2 week reunion delay for all Military and Hospital Program pets set to reunite between 3/17/2020 and 4/16/2020. All owner-foster teams scheduled to reunite during this period should be in contact and notify one another and PACT staff if they begin to feel ill, after seeking medical attention. Reunions should only take place if both parties are healthy.
- PACT will be instituting a 2 week intake delay for all Military and Hospital Program pets scheduled to enter a foster home during the period between 3/17/2020 – 4/16/2020. All owner-foster teams set to meet during this period should be fully transparent and notify PACT staff if they begin to feel ill in advance of meeting, after seeking medical attention. Drop-offs should only take place if both parties are healthy.
- PACT family members with underlying conditions that make them more susceptible to the illness should take extra precaution by isolating themselves during reunions/drop-offs, utilizing proper hand washing technique, and not shaking hands/hugging returning owners/fosters.
- PACT strongly discourages unnecessary public trips for foster families and foster pets at this time.
- There is no indication that the COVID-19 virus can be spread between people and animals at this time.
- Recommendations and guidelines to protect your health will change as the situation progresses. Please stay up to date on your local news and other sources to be fully apprised of the situation in your home area.
IN LIGHT OF COVID-19, PACT FOR ANIMALS ACCEPTS NO LIABILITY FOR ANY ILLNESS OR PERCEIVED ILLNESS TO OCCUR BETWEEN FOSTERS OR PET OWNERS, TO INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, TREATMENT, HOSPITALIZATION, DAMAGES, LOSS OF WAGES, OR ANY OTHER AFFECTS RELATED TO CONTRACTING COVID-19. COVID-19 MAY BE SPREAD BETWEEN HUMAN TO HUMAN CONTACT, OR HUMAN TO ANIMAL TO HUMAN CONTACT. ALL PROGRAM USERS ARE INSTRUCTED TO FOLLOW GUIDELINES PUBLISHED BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION WHILE CONDUCTING IN PERSON MEETINGS BETWEEN, OR TRANSFER OF PET CARE.
Pentagon halts overseas travel of US troops for 60 days to mitigate spread of coronavirus
The Pentagon is halting all overseas travel for U.S. troops for up to 60 days in an effort to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a U.S. official.
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