Make a Plan for Your Pet

Make a plan for your pet if you get sick from coronavirus

Find a temporary caregiver in case you are hospitalized.

The best place for your pet is in their home, but if you become too ill to care for your pet, make sure there is a friend or family member who can take your pet into their home. It would be best if the pet knows that person and likes that person, however, most any home is better than the stressful environment of a shelter. You can also contact pet-sitters and boarding facilities. Many boarding facilities have availability because people are not traveling and do not need to utilize boarding services.

Put together an “emergency supply kit.”

This should include:

  • Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
  • Name and contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help
  • Food, treats, a leash, toys and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
  • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
  • Vaccination records
  • Collar with ID tags (don’t forget to make sure their microchip information is up to date)
  • Medications and prescriptions, along with instructions
  • Daily care instructions
  • Your veterinarian’s contact information

CDC Guidance

According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, there is currently no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your pet is in the home they know and love. If you aren’t feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home where they feel most comfortable.

Keeping area shelters, including KC Pet Project, free of long-term care animals allows them to be better prepared for the onset of kitten season as well as the ongoing need to respond to cruelty, neglect and other animals who are in immediate danger or have emergency needs.

KC Pet Project has changed our day-to-day operations. Stay up-to-date with our changes at this dedicated page.

There are several ways you can KC Pet Project and our pets. Donations of critical supplies needed for fostering can be purchased from our Amazon Wish List.

KC Pet Project is working hard to be a community resource during this time of crisis – both for our citizens and our community pets. Monetary donations help us keep families together and allows us to continue our lifesaving work.

For information about local impacts of COVID-19 and how it’s impacting our organization, please follow the dedicated page at