Guidance for Handlers of Service and Therapy Animals   [open pdf - 123KB]

From the Document: "Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. A therapy animal is used in a type of animal-assisted intervention. In this case, in a goal-directed intervention in which an animal meeting specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. [...] We are still learning about the virus that causes COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], but it appears that the virus can spread from people to animals in some situations. CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is aware of a small number of pets, including dogs and cats, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people infected with COVID-19. If you have a service or therapy animal, follow your local guidance for acceptable business and social practices. Consider local levels of COVID-19 transmission when evaluating the risk to yourself, your animal, and the people you might come into contact with. Follow CDC's general recommendations for protecting pets from infection, when possible. For example, avoid unnecessary contact with people or other animals outside the household. Use your best judgment when taking an animal into a location where it could be exposed to COVID-19."

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