In early February of this year, over 120 volunteers trained with Napa CART to plan for fire season. Although Covid-19 was stirring abroad, we did not anticipate a world-wide pandemic. Now, we find ourselves working with our community partners to address the animal component of this disaster. Quarantine, loss of income, and illness will affect the animals in our community. Now more than ever, the healing power of the human-animal bond is worth protecting and preserving.
Napa County has a robust network of animal organizations who are united in their efforts to support those of you with pets who might need assistance. Enclosed are some resources to help you manage your pets, while you look out for your own health and safety.
Planning for the care of your pet, should you become ill. Take a moment to make a plan for care for your animals using the resources on the Napa CART website.
General Recommendations for Dog etiquette in face of Covid-19
● Do not pet other people’s dogs. Maintain social distancing of 6 feet and walk single file or stop on trail to facilitate distancing when approaching other groups.
● If you are ill or in self quarantine due to known exposure, stay home and make arrangements for your pet or walk your pet locally using social distancing. Wear a face covering when out walking your dog.
● Pets are sensitive to the emotional state of their human companions. These are stressful times and you may experience some “cooped up” behavior from your pets. If so, here are some great resources to keep your dog busy and tune up their manners: napahumane.org/how-to-stay-sane-sheltering-in-place-with-dogs/
The PDF version includes resources that were available during the COVID-19 quarantine in 2020 (opens in a new window and includes photos!) 4.5.20-Napa-CART-News.pdf