The health and well-being of your pet remains our top priority. As news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community continues to develop, we are closely monitoring the CDC guidelines and also understand that now more than ever that pets are an integral part of the family.
Free Pet Food Assistance Program:
Angels of Assisi provides free pet food for dogs and cats to help pet owners facing financial hardships. Pet food is available while supplies last. Pet Owners can stop by the Community Pet Clinic opened daily between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm for assistance.
Make a Plan Ahead of Time:
Having a plan in place for your pets is critical: If you or a family member becomes sick or requires hospitalization, you will need to have someone to take care of your animals.
- 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.
- 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 microchip (best practice is microchipping).
If your pet is not up-to-date on vaccinations or needs a microchip, you are welcome to come to the Saturday morning walk-in wellness clinic, or call us at (540) 344-8707 for an appointment. If you are a client at Angels of Assisi, access your pet’s medical history.
If you are unable to find anyone to care for your pet, we are able to provide temporary housing and care for your pet through our Guardian Angel Program.
Having trouble paying your mortgage or rent? You may qualify to receive assistance through the Virginia Mortgage and Rent Relief Program. See if you qualify today.
COVID-19 and Your Pet:
While COVID-19 is contagious for humans and, as of now, is understood to spread primarily from person to person, the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) Global Veterinary Community—an association representing more than 200,000 veterinarians— states that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected. The association does, however, caution that this is a rapidly evolving situation and updates will be provided as they are received. People confirmed to have COVID-19 should avoid contact with other people as well as pets.
COVID-19 is a newly identified virus that has now been detected in 95 locations internationally, including the U.S. It is spread mostly from person to person. It is suspected that it originally came from an animal source, but it is now a disease of people.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory diseases. COVID-19 is in that family of viruses.
Low-Cost Veterinary Services:
Angels of Assisi offers low-cost services to keep pet ownership affordable. Services are available to everyone regardless of income or location. View our affordable services today.