Therapy Animal Team Visits and COVID-19 Concerns

Pet Partners has always had a strong commitment to infection prevention and our therapy animal policies help reduce the spread of unwanted germs, from the coronavirus to the common cold. As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we want to reaffirm the current science.

  • SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, is a predominantly human virus. While study of animals has been limited, there is currently no evidence that animals are transmitting the virus. However, until more information is available, it is prudent to assume that there is some potential for animals to carry the virus on their haircoat.
  • The best opportunity to slow the spread of COVID-19 is responsible social distancing combined with good hand hygiene.

We support all our partner facilities who are choosing to suspend volunteer activity right now as a way to limit risk. We also thank our volunteers who are stepping back from the visits they so enjoy in support of their community’s well-being. Thank you for your commitment to promoting human health and well-being through the human-animal bond.