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Trapping in the age of COVID-19

Considerations for trapping community cats while social distancing - free guide by Neighborhood Cats, the Humane Society of the United States and Alley Cat Advocates

Neighborhood Cats COVID-19 Rescue Fund

Offering support to New York City and Jersey City colony caretakers with:

  • Spaying visibly pregnant cats
  • Subsidize and assist with the spay/neuter of colony cats (TNR certification required)
  • Finding temporary replacement feeders
  • Food for colony cats

All assistance is provided as funds and services are available. Please email for more information.

NYC COVID-19 Pet Hotline

The New York City Emergency Management Department and the Mayor's Office of Animal Welfare have launched the NYC COVID-19 Pet Hotline. The Pet Hotline serves as an information, planning, referral and service coordination hub for NYC residents who need support for their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pet Hotline operators can be reached directly at 877-204-8821 from 8am to 8pm daily.

Spay/neuter is an “essential service”

Spay/neuter in the Age of COVID-19: Sample clinic protocols
COVID-19 Spay/Neuter and Wellness Preparedness Guide
Is spay/neuter legal? (flow chart)
New York State guidance on essential veterinary care, including spay/neuter
We Need to Open Up Spay/Neuter - Now! by Bryan Kortis

Feeding colony cats is an “essential activity” 

Sample authorization letter

Animal sheltering

COVID-19 Animal Shelter Preparedness Guide from American Pets Alive!  

Info on COVID-19, Cats, Pets & People

Table of SARS-CoV-2 cases in animals in the United States from the United States Dept. of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

SARS-CoV-2 in animals from the American Veterinary Medical Association

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention info page (“If You Have Animals”): 

Worms and Germs Blog by Dr. Scott Weese (University of Ontario)