Keeping You and Your Pets Safe During COVID-19


LA Animal Services Media Contacts:
Agnes Sibal-von Debschitz, (213) 482-9512 or
Justin Khosrowabadi, (213) 482-9551 or

Keeping You and Your Pets Safe During COVID-19

Los Angeles, December 4, 2020 – With the continuing rise of cases related to COVID-19, LA Animal Services would like to share some tips to help protect you and the health and safety of your family and pet:

  • When walking your dog, maintain at least 6 feet (2 meters) of space between you and other people and animals.
  • Don’t let your pet interact with people or other animals outside your household.
  • Wash your hands after playing with your animal companion, and after handling their bedding and toys, or food bowls.
  • If you are sick, keep your distance away from other people and pets, and ask a family member to take care of your furry family member (if possible).
  • If you can’t find someone to care for your pet, continue to keep you and your pet in quarantine for 14 days after you are symptom free.  
  • If your pet is sick, call your veterinarian.

“In addition to the steps you can take to keep you and your furry animal companions safe during the pandemic, now is also a good time to review your family emergency plan and ensure your pets are part of your emergency plan,” said Brenda Barnette, LA Animal Services General Manager. 

For the latest update on pets and COVID-19, and for more information about emergency preparedness, and how to keep you and your pets safe, please visit


Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six services centers serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety, and welfare of animals and people. LA Animal Services also is part of the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) national coalition as a Tier 1 animal organization offering pet owners with access to resources to keep their pets home; helping to get lost pets home quickly without having to enter the shelter system; providing food and medical assistance; and continuing to build on a strong foster program to house more pets in foster homes. Visit our link.tree for helpful links to the services and resources available to you and your companion animals. Connect with LA Animal Services and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram.

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