20th March 2020
According to experts, COVID-19 cannot be transmitted from human to animal or vice versa. If your pet is touched by someone with the coronavirus then there is the potential that it can be spread, should someone else come into contact with your pet but the risk of this is extremely low, as transmission needs prolonged contact or exposure, a fleeting contact such as someone patting your dog will not pose a risk . This is the same way as touching any infected person or surface so please take precautions with good hygiene practices.
ISPCA Public Relations Manager, Carmel Murray said: "We are asking pet owners to follow practical advice and not to over worry about their pets. It is important to interact with your pets as normal and to wash your hands regularly after contact with any animal. It is also practical to make plans just in case you are ill, so that if needed, there is someone such as a family member or a friend who can help care for your pets short or long term”.
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Carmel added: “In these uncertain times, our work doesn’t stop. There are still hundreds of animals in our centres and we will continue to provide a high level of care level by our dedicated staff. Sadly, we expect to lose many of our vital donations which is a huge worry. We are in this together and we’ll do everything we can to continue rescuing and caring for Ireland’s most cruelly treated animals. As a charity we rely on the generosity of kind supporters to enable us to continue our vital work and we do need your continued support more than ever”.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, ISPCA centres are temporarily closed to the public as a precautionary measure.
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