With the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus on the rise in Iowa, it is important for Black Hawk County residents to include their pets in preparedness plans.
Cedar Bend Humane Society joins the Humane Society of the United States and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement in suggesting community members create a preparedness plan that includes their pets in the event Black Hawk County is impacted by the virus that causes COVID-19. In addition to preparations typically recommended for any natural disaster threat, individuals with pets should identify family members or friends to care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill or is hospitalized.
CBHS recommends staying diligent in preparations, but not overreacting to COVID-19 concerns. By creating a preparedness plan ahead of time for the unlikely event it becomes necessary to put into motion, community members can do their part to ensure animal service resources do not become overwhelmed and their pets are spared unnecessary stress.
As this is a rapidly evolving situation, people with confirmed COVID-19 should avoid contact with other people as well as pets. To assist Cedar Bend Humane Society in keeping our facilities, staff, volunteers, and visitors healthy, we ask that you follow these precautions:
• When at the shelter, please wash your hands and use the sanitizer provided, especially in-between handling of animals.
• Please do not visit the shelter if you are sick. Especially if you are experiencing a fever, shortness of breath, or coughing.
Make a preparedness plan for your pets:
• Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized.
• Have crates, food and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case moving them becomes necessary or if the disease spreads in the community and it becomes necessary to reduce social exposure.
• All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful.
• Pets should have identification including a collar with current identification tags and a registered microchip.
• Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
• You are encouraged to reach out to Cedar Bend Humane Society if you need emergency assistance with your pet or need help finding temporary housing.
Watch Cedar Bend Humane Society’s website and social media for updates! CBHS will be resuming business as normal at this time, but will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as we see fit. There are still plenty of healthy, adoptable animals looking for loving homes!