Updated December 17, 2021

Animals and COVID-19

The virus that causes COVID-19 is different from other coronaviruses that affect animals. Learn how to keep animals, as well as yourself, safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information on Information on COVID-19 and Animals in Canada can be found on the Government of Canada’s website (Latest CFIA information for consumers on food and animal health – COVID-19). Please consult this website frequently as information will be updated as it becomes available.

Information and guidance for veterinarians

A list of frequently asked questions for veterinarians (PDF) on COVID-19 and animals is available on the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association COVID-19 website.

COVID-19 and Animals Held in Zoos

Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) have been impacted by COVID-19 in several ways. This notice from CAZA describes the organization and the current situation related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 and Animals in Shelters and Shelter Medicine: Resource

Shelter medicine is a unique veterinary specialty and the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in several changes to fundamental programs that may have long lasting effects on animal welfare. As restrictions begin to ease, shelters will need resources and guidelines for a safe and consistent return to programing. To address this need, the Ontario Shelter Medicine Association (OSMA), Association Vétérinaire Québécoise de Médecine de Refuge (AVQMR), and Humane Canada have launched a COVID-19 resource for Canadian shelters. The organizations have indicated that the site will be updated regularly to ensure it stays relevant. Initiatives such as the new Shelter Outreach Program (Toronto Humane Society) will help in the safe re-introduction of animal care at shelters.

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