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Animal adoptions, fostering and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 18:50:05-04

As many Las Vegans are dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, pets are also in need at this time.

Local shelters are seeing a higher rate of pets being surrendered because owners think they are at risk of contracting the virus from them. The experts that have talked to 13 Action News say there is no known link between our pets and contracting COVID-19.

"Unfortunately more animals are being given up to shelters/rescues due to incorrect assumptions or fear by owners they can catch the virus from cats and dogs. This is increasing the number of animals going to shelters, and studies are showing this to be untrue," said Jaime Brown from the Humane Network.

The animal shelters in Clark County, for the most part, have gone to an appointment only process for adoptions and fostering.

Shelters are asking the community, especially people who are staying at home, to help by fostering animals in need. Many of the shelters provide the food and supplies necessary for the foster family, so there is no financial strain in fostering.

The Dog People at Rover.com have put together an FAQ website with questions answered by vets and experts in regards to pets and COVID-19.

Here is a list of shelters where you can adopt or foster:

Animal Foundation (by appointment only)
Adoptions: 702-955-5901 or Adoptions@animalfoundation.com
Lost & Found: 702-955-5932 or KEPPT@animalfoundation.com
Lowe Cost Veterinary Clinic - closed through April 5.

Hearts Alive Village
Foster a pet by appointment. (website)

Henderson Animal Control
Pets available for adoption.
They are also looking for fosters during this time.
Lost and found (website)

Humane Network

Nevada SPCA
Currently no adoptions.
They are in need of fosters during this time. Fosters by appointment only (website).