More pets are being surrendered to ABQ animal shelter amid COVID-19 concerns | KOB 4

More pets are being surrendered to ABQ animal shelter amid COVID-19 concerns

Casey Torres
Updated: April 04, 2020 06:29 PM
Created: April 03, 2020 12:56 PM

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The fears of COVID-19 has trickled down to the pet population.

The executive director of Watermelon Mountain Ranch says the shelter has been receiving surrenders connected to COVID-19 concerns.


It started two weeks ago, and they are receiving about five requests a day. 

A veterinarian at the Zia Pet Hospital said that is not necessary.

“Dogs and cats cannot spread COVID-19 to humans,” Dr. Veronica Bingamon said.

She said there is no current evidence that supports people’s beliefs about pets putting humans at risk. There have been thousands of blood samples of dogs and cats tested in the U.S. which have come back negative.

Unfortunately, Dr. Bingamon has received calls about euthanizing pets to avoid catching the virus. She said she has talked to veterinarians in other states who have been receiving the same requests.

She wants to make things clear: just like humans, cats and dogs have different strains of coronaviruses, but those strains are not COVID-19, and they are not transmitted to humans.

"We do not need to be euthanizing any patient, any pet because of COVID-19," she said. " It is breaking our hearts to see that pets, healthy pets, are being abandoned from homes."

To learn more about COVID-19 regarding pets, click here.

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