The Nassau County SPCA launched the Nassau County COVID-19 Pet Hotline, which will serve as an information, planning, referral, and service coordination hub for residents who need support for their pets during the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 Pet Hotline can be reached directly at 516-843-7722, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Nassau County SPCA received a grant from PetSmart Charities to support their efforts in providing aid to pet owners affected by COVID-19.

“Pets are part of the family and our goal is to provide assistance wherever we can, in order to keep people and their pets together,” said Gary Rogers, president of the Nassau County SPCA. “Our team has adapted to the many changes brought on by COVID-19 and are able to safely support and service the pet community.”

Althought two New York house cats, a North Carolina pug and several big cats at the Bronx zoo were recently diagnosed with coronavirus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say pet owners should not worry.

“There is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19,” the CDC advises. “Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.”

The Nassau SPCA Pet Hotline will help answer people’s questions and concerns about caring for their pets during the COVID-19 crisis. As well as provide resources such as pet food, medical services, temporary placement or supplemental care of animals.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all Nassau County residents, including pet owners,” Rogers added. “This COVID-19 pet hotline will offer valuable direction and assistance to those most in need.” 

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