CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control Division (AC&C) places the health and safety of our pets and the community as a top priority. The information in this release is to provide an update with the latest information.
COVID-19 and companion pets.
In order to ensure that consistent, up-to-date, and accurate information is being shared regarding companion pets, we are working directly with the Mecklenburg County Health Department when releasing information related to COVID-19. We have used resources from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to prepare answers to the most frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 and companion pets. (See FAQ located at the bottom of release.)
AC&C operates on normal schedule.
In addition, AC&C will remain open for routine business, which includes looking for a lost pet, reclaiming a pet and animal adoptions. At this time, AC&C will be operating on a normal schedule, which is Monday to Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Owner surrenders are by appointment only by calling our owner surrender line at 704-336-3799 to schedule an appointment.
AC&C is requesting emergency foster homes.
During declared state of emergencies, it’s not surprising or uncommon for adoption numbers to decline. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that stray and owner-surrendered pets stop coming into the shelter. In order to ensure that no shelter pet lives are lost, AC&C needs to expand the current foster base by 100 additional foster homes. The ideal foster assignments would be a four to six-week commitment. If you are teleworking, this could be the best hire you will ever make for a new office assistant; and in turn, you are helping save a life by freeing up space in the shelter kennels.
Becoming an emergency foster is easy; simply come to the shelter (8315 Byrum Drive – Charlotte) and check out a dog through our Staycation program.
For the latest local updates on COVID-19, please monitor the Mecklenburg County Health Department’s website.
COVID-19 and companion pets FAQ:
Can my pet GET COVID-19?
At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection in the United States.
CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Can my pet GIVE ME COVID-19?
Although there is no current evidence that suggests the coronavirus can be transmitted to or from companion animals, it’s always a good idea to follow basic hygiene practices around animals. This includes washing your hands thoroughly throughout the day and before and after direct contact with your pets, their food or their supplies.
How do you protect your pets if you are sick?
If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, 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. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. 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 them.
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
How should I plan for pet care in case I am hospitalized due to COVID-19?
Plan now. Family, friends and professional pet care services are most likely to provide the best assistance to you and your pet, especially when you plan with them in advance. Now is also a good time to update or create your emergency preparedness kit and plan for your pet. Having supplies and clear care instructions in one location will make it much easier for someone else to care for your pet and ensure your pet has their familiar items.
• Have crates, food, and extra supplies on hand.
• Keep all animal vaccines up-to-date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
• Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Including the prescription from your veterinarian is also helpful.
• Pets should have identification: collar with ID tag and a microchip registered with current contact information.