Resources for Pet Owners Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

*We will update this list as new resources become available. 

The DCSPCA recommends community members create a preparedness plan that includes their pets in the event community is impacted by the virus that causes COVID-19. In addition to preparations typically recommended for any natural disaster threat, individuals with pets should identify family members or friends to care for pets if someone in the household comes ill and is hospitalized.

Be prepared:

  1. Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized.
  2. Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
  3. All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
  4. Have crates, food and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case moving them becomes necessary or if the disease spreads in the community and it becomes necessary to reduce social exposure.
  5. Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful.
  6. Pets should have identification including a collar with current identification tags and a registered microchip.

Resources for Keeping Your Pet in Your Home

  • Pet Food Pantries

Please e-mail if you are a food pantry that is willing to offer pet food to clients who need it during this pandemic.

Reach Out Church Food Pantry

  • Low-Cost Veterinarians

The Best Friends Vet Access App, powered by Vets Plus More, lets you connect immediately with a licensed veterinarian via phone or video call.  You can also text a vet if you just have a quick question.

Enter code BFMEMBER and it’s free for the first 30 days!

  • Local Veterinarians Who Are Open- *Hours and Policies may change due to current events

Arlington Animal Hospital

Animal Emergency Clinic – Open 6pm – 8am
84 Patrick Lane, Poughkeepsie. (845) 471-8242
1112 Morton Blvd, Kingston. (845) 336-0713

Dutchess Animal Clinic

Rhinebeck Animal Hospital

  • Boarding

Please e-mail if you are a facility offering boarding to new clients during this pandemic.

Patty’s Pet Palace, Rhinebeck, (845)876-7211
Debbie’s Grooming and Pet Boarding, Wappinger Falls, (914)755-4965
Highland Pet Resort, Highland, (845)834-3833
Paradise Kennels, Hyde Park, (845) 229-7488
  • Home to Home Re-homing – Use Your Personal Networks

If you become ill and cannot care for your pet or need to be hospitalized, ask your neighbors to feed and check on pets left in the home, or ask them to take the pet and care for it until you are able to return home.

Community residents check in with your pet owning neighbors and let them know if, in an emergency, you would be able to take in their pets temporarily.

If there is no one to take your pet, try social networks to re-home your pet.

Those re-homing their pets can use the DCSPCA adoption application to evaluate possible adopters and consult with a DCSPCA adoption counselor as to the quality of a possible adopter.

Facebook pages/groups which might allow posts about re-homing pets:

Hudson Valley Pets
Hudson Valley New York Pets & Supplies
Hudson Valley Pets Looking for Furever Homes
Pets within Hudson Valley & Upstate NY
Hudson Valley NY Animals – Paws & Claws
Pet Friendly Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley/New York Re-homing, Adopting Pets And Supplies/services
Hudson Valley Dogs
Hudson Valley Farmers’ Swap & Show
Hudson Valley Community Exchange – News Updates, Happenings, and Events!!
Hudson Valley and Catskills Homestead & Farm Exchange

Re-Homing Websites –The online pet adoption community where people who want to adopt a pet connect with people who need to re-home a dog or cat.

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