COVID-19 Pet Resources

Pets and COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2

Pets in Homes with Owners with COVID-19

Keeping Pets Safe

American Veterinary Medical Association

Best Friends Animal Society - Your COVID-19 Pet Preparedness Plan 

Pet Natural Disaster Checklist and Emergency Plan - Best Friends Animal Society 

Cats in New York, United States - American Veterinary Medical Association

Results of Commercial Laboratories' Testing of Samples from Companion Animals - American Veterinary Medical Association

 

I Need Help with My Pet

Veterinary Care

Best Friends Vet Access App

Best Friends is offering free remote veterinary consultations for 30 days through our Best Friends Vet Access app when you use the code BFHELPS.  

If you need medical advice for your pet but are unable to reach or visit a local veterinarian, please take advantage of this temporarily free service. Calls can be recorded and the service is available 24 hours a day.  Please note, the code BFHELPS is valid for 30 days, and the service is $12.99 after that unless cancelled. 

Download the app for free. 

Spay/Neuter

Pet License in the City of Los Angeles

Dogs are required to be licensed in the City of Los Angeles.

Apply for or renew your pet's license - Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) 

Pet Food and Supplies

Financial Assistance

Enrichment for Pets

Grooming 

Nail Maintenance for Cats/Kittens - Best Friends in Los Angeles

Dog Grooming - 

 

I Cannot Keep My Pet Anymore. What Should I Do?

We know this is a difficult time for many and are sorry to hear you are no longer able to keep your pet. Here are some key things you can do to find your pet a new home: 

  • We recommend you prepare your animal for adoption to the best of your ability. It’s helpful for your pet to be spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations. Also, be sure to have all of your pet’s medical records and files ready for the new adopter. Adopters are always interested to know about their new pet’s current and previous medical history to ensure they can prepare for and care for them properly.  
    • Note: During this national emergency there is a chance clinics and vet offices will be closed, so you might not be able to update your pets’ vaccines or get them sterilized. If that is the case, just let your new adopter know and share any previous records.
  • Advertise your pet! Take some great photos and write a biography to help people make a connection with your animal. Once photos and a description are ready, create a flyer (you can make a free one at petbond.com) and distribute in as many places as possible (Facebook, Instagram, Nextdoor, etc). 
  • Rehoming sites like rehome.adoptapet.com can also be very helpful in spreading the word and help you find a new adopter. 
  • Use word of mouth and community contacts. Word of mouth should not be underestimated. Tell anyone and everyone about a pet who needs a home and ask friends, co-workers and family members to help spread the word. It could be that a co-worker's father, neighbor, daughter or other distant relative or friend might be looking for a new pet. Ask people you know to mention the animal in their community's newsletter, send an e-mail about the pet through their office memo system or share some flyers in their own network. 
  • During this time, many shelters and even rescue organizations may not be accepting new animals. Even if they can’t take your pet, some may offer courtesy postings on their websites or have alternative ideas to help you share your pet’s information with adoptive or foster homes.

If you need to rehome your pet due to economic circumstances and changes, resources may be available to help you. Please contact us (covid@bestfriends.org) or your local shelter to see what services might be available.  

Please visit rehome.adoptapet.com to learn more information about rehoming your pet.