COVID-19 Daily Digest | Tuesday, March 17

March 18th, 2020


Sign up now to join Dr. Ellen Jefferson and Kristen Hassen-Auerbach live as they share six key strategies you need to maintain big dog lifesaving during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be LIVE with an interactive session and Q&A this Wednesday, March 18, at 6 pm PT/8 pm CT. You won't want to miss this!

Big news for LA County cats! LA Animal Services is directing community members to “release [cats] where they were trapped,” laying stakes counter to the long debate in Los Angeles County over releasing cats to their outdoor habitats. According to a recent article in The LA Times, the decision to release healthy, outdoor cats is part of a department-wide attempt to divert intake, while still responding to urgent calls.

Helpful Resources

Many have asked about continuing fundraising during the COVID-19 outbreak, and the answer is a resounding YES. For more information, read our latest blog, Fundraising during the COVID-19 Outbreak in 6 Easy Steps, by Austin Pets Alive! Development Director, Maggie Lynch for expert insight into harnessing community support through this pandemic.

Story of the Day

Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye stopped by Austin Pets Alive! with his partner earlier today, leaving with their new foster dog, Neon. 

Antoni even took a minute to share how vital fostering is to lifesaving, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic! See the full video of Antoni Porowski's message from AmPA! here.

Do you have a story you would like seen as the "story of the day"? Send them to [email protected].

Is Your Shelter Prepared?

The AmPA! COVID-19 Preparedness Guide recommends that you plan for at least 50% of your animals housed in foster homes. Maddie’s Fund released a series of helpful resources to give shelters and rescues a foster jumpstart. Find useful information on Communicating urgency without negativity in emergency fostering, and How to safely get shelter pets into homes right now, and join the COVID-19/emergency fostering discussion group on Maddie's Pet Forum. Click here for a full list of Maddie’s Fund COVID-19 Foster Resources.

Stay Connected

Join the American Pets Alive! Shelter and Rescue Support Facebook Page and let us know what protocols, templates, or information you need to maintain lifesaving throughout this unknown time.

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