The PA Department of Agriculture has sourced the following guidelines to help pet owners protect both themselves and their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Firstly, pet owners are encouraged to buy pet food and supplies as they normally would, without stockpiling, so that all pet owners can continue to have reliable access.
Pet owners are encouraged to do the following:
- Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill.
- Have crates, food, and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets. Practice social distancing when walking or exercising pets.
- Check in on neighbors (while practicing social distancing) who may need help caring for their pets.
- If your pets have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, it is recommended to give them a bath and limit their contact with anyone under quarantine.
- Pet owners are reminded to wash hands frequently throughout the day with hot water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Be sure all vaccines are up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
- Ensure medications are documented with dosages and administration directions, including the prescription and the contact information for your veterinarian.
- Pets should have identification: collar with dog license and rabies tag or any other vanity style tag with owner information. Information can also be placed on the pet’s cage depending on the type of pet.
- Place a list of pets in the home on your front door for emergency responders. Include a description of each animal, location in home, or on the property.
Our pets are a great source of comfort and joy. Taking a few precautionary steps will help ensure their safety and your peace of mind in the midst of any crisis.
Learn more at the PA Department of Agriculture website: https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Pages/COVID-19.aspx
Thanks to a generous contribution from the Josephine and Evelyn S. Smith Foundation, the Bucks County SPCA’s team of humane police officers has a reliable new vehicle for responding to more than 500 calls for help each year.
The foundation’s investment allowed the BCSPCA the opportunity to buy a new Toyota RAV4, replacing a 9-year-old vehicle with extensive repair needs. Humane police officers are on the road 7 days a week covering hundreds of miles crisscrossing the county responding to calls. For animals in Bucks County, the new vehicle means help is at the ready 365 days a year.
“In 2019 we saw a huge spike in cruelty complaints, court cases, and animals needing to be rescued from cruelty or neglect,” reported Linda Reider, executive director of the Bucks County SPCA. “Our team rescued 545 animals last year, nearly triple the number rescued in 2018. From very large hoarding cases, to a single animal cruelly treated, response time can make all the difference. It’s critical that our humane police officers have a reliable vehicle so that each complaint is investigated as quickly as possible.”
The BCSPCA investigates cases of abuse and neglect for domestic and farm animals anywhere in Bucks County. Our specially trained team of humane police officers respond to every complaint received, enforcing the state’s animal cruelty laws.
One call can save a life.
If you suspect an animal is being neglected or treated cruelly, please call our 24-hour tip line 215-794-7425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All tips are confidential.
The BCSPCA has served the animals and people of Bucks County since its incorporation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1912. Our organization was founded by a small but determined group of citizens who patrolled the county, initially investigating cruelty to farm animals. Unchanged since 1912 is our commitment to make Bucks County the most humane community possible, knowing well that it benefits not only animals, but people too.