COVID-19 Checklist for Pet Parents
Keep your pet's medical records on hand.
Designate a family member or boarding business to watch your pet, if needed, for a short-term stay.
Keep extra pet food and pet prescription medications on hand.
Pet parents -- practice social distancing.
Our message to pet owners
We hope everyone is keeping safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the ongoing pandemic unfolds, we want to
make sure we provide information and support for all pet owners. We understand the difficulties many pet parents
are experiencing right now, and we are working hard to offer grants to help support pet owners with dog grooming and behavioral training.
Two NEW grants in the works:
To help pet parents affected by COVID-19, HOPE would like to offer two new grants to ease the burden the pandemic has placed on people.
Free grooming classes. To help owners who are unable to pay for grooming their dog, HOPE offers a grant to cover the cost associated with their pets grooming needs. The grant will cover the cost of the grooming class, and in some cases, the grooming equipment needed to groom dogs. We are working extra hard to secure the funding and in-kind donations for grooming equipment, but we are now offering free grooming classes to individuals affected by the virus.
2. Free Behavioral consultations for your pets. A behavior consultation can run anywhere from $100 $700, depending on where you live. This expense is just not doable for pet owners working to provide for their family’s basic needs. Helping dogs and pet parents to stay together is the foundation of this nonprofit so we are working hard to get this grant available to you soon. Check back for updates.
As time passes, more information will be available to help further pet owners struggling due to the current economic crisis.
If you are struggling with any concerns related to the COVID-19, reach out to us . We have volunteers ready to respond to direct you to resources and suggestions for help.
Being Prepared for Your Pet
In the case of an emergency, it is always essential to have a plan in place for your pet. Here is a list of steps to help prepare you and pets in case of an emergency.
Keep a current copy of your pet's medical records on hand and store it in a folder in your pet's go-bag. Most veterinary hospitals and boarding facilities require a current vaccine history before boarding. If your pet is not up to date on vaccines, vet hospitals can easily update your pet's vaccines before their boarding stay.
Reach out to friends IN ADVANCE to discuss boarding your pet with them in case of an emergency. There are a lot of unknowns with the COVID-19 when it comes to the concern of how easily it's spread. If you do end up helping a friend or family member with keeping their pet during the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend you wear protective gloves and wash the pet several times to remove any chance the virus is on the pet's fur. Also, remember to wash all leashes and collars that were on the pet.
Keep your pet's dry/wet food in a prepared bag in the pantry shelf or in the designated place you store your pet's food. By having your pet's food already bagged and ready, you won't have to worry about preparing everything if you get ill.
If your pet is on medications, make sure to have a document explaining the daily dosages and necessary details about your pet's medical condition/s. A clever way to prepare your pet's medications for easy dispensing is to have a weekly pill case prepared with your pet's medications in advance. Store the filled pill case in your pet's emergency bag. Keep the original medication bottles stored in your pet's prepared bag as well.
Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an ID for identification.