A Message From The Executive Director Regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 and the APA
By: Sarah Javier | March 12, 2020
Dear APA Friends,
With the developing news regarding coronavirus COVID-19, I wanted to take a moment to share how the APA is addressing the concern at our Adoption Center, as well as our community programming and events.
At this time, we are continuing normal Adoption Center operations, as there are many wonderful pets in need of loving homes. We are closely monitoring the situation in our community and are committed to following all recommendations of local, state and federal health authorities. For this reason:
- We have temporarily suspended our Pet Reach visits in order to protect the health of our volunteers and the program participants residing in the senior living communities we visit.
- We are evaluating each of our other programs and events on a case-by-case basis and remain in close contact with partners, venues and vendors.
- We anticipate that some programs/events will need to be cancelled or rescheduled due to venue restrictions or as a general precaution. If you are a current event registrant, we will communicate with you directly regarding any changes, so please watch your email. Updates will also be shared on our social media pages and website.
- At this time, our Sit. Stay. Speak! event on Saturday, May 9 is still on. If we determine that it is necessary to reschedule or cancel as we get closer, ticket purchases will be refunded.
- Should this situation evolve into a public health emergency, the APA has an action plan in place to ensure that all animals entrusted to us continue to receive the care, enrichment and comfort needed to keep them happy and healthy.
We have received questions regarding the relationship between pets and the COVID-19 virus. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association states there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected with or spread COVID-19. This is also the view of the World Health Organization. We do, however, always recommend good handwashing after being around or interacting with any animal.
In an effort to prepare your pet for any potential boarding needs that arise as this health situation progresses, please remember that the APA’s low-cost wellness clinic is available to help keep your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date.
As always, thank you for your support of the APA.
President and Executive Director