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Coronavirus outbreak sees a surge in pet abandonments in the UK

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The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown many into an irrational fear. Due to this, animal caretakers have sadly started to see a rise in pet abandonments in the past few weeks.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 19/03/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:31

The same happened in China when the virus broke out in December. It then started happening in other parts of Asia, in Australia, in North America, and now in Europe.

Animal caretakers overwhelmed

The Viper and Vine pet shop in Prestwich is just one example. In the last week, the staff has received upwards of 10 animals - dumped in front of their shop by owners who feared they would pass on the virus.

“It seems to have gotten worse since the Coronavirus, I think people seem to think they will catch it off the animals,” Nic Shaw, manager at Viper and Vine, told Manchester Evening News.

Dogs and cats cannot contract the virus

There is so far no evidence proving that animals can contract or transmit the virus. There is therefore no reason to distance yourself from your pet.

A Pomeranian in China was tested weakly positive for the virus a couple of months ago. He was tested several times after that, and every result came back negative. The pooch has sadly since passed away, but was at the ripe old age of 17, so this cannot be related to the virus.

Please take care of your pets in this time of need. With all these changes happening around us, they need us more than ever!

Follow these 10 preventative healthcare tips to keep your pets as safe as possible!