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COVID-19

Neighborhood Cats COVID-19 Rescue Fund

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

  • Injured or sick community cats requiring veterinary care
  • Spaying visibly pregnant cats
  • Finding temporary replacement feeders
  • Food for colony cats

All assistance is provided as funds and services are available. Please email help@neighborhoodcats.org 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

Fact sheet on COVID-19 and Animals from NYC Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare and NYC Department of Health: ht

Daily Digest of Latest on COVID-19 and Animal Welfare compiled by the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement:

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

World Organisation for Animal Health – FAQs

World Small Animal Veterinary Association – Advice & Resources

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