Don’t Panic: Pets Are Not COVID-19 Transmitters!

“Pets are not COVID-19 transmitters,” confirmed Chairman of the Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA), Mahmoud Faraj, through BSPCA’s official website and social media.

Faraj’s reply came in reply to reports received by the BSPCA about pets being freed in the street by their owners out of fear and belief that they might transmit the emerging COVID-19.

Faraj assured that this belief is not true. Many reports, he noted, including reports by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that there is no evidence that pets can’t be infected or by COVID-19 or even transmit it.

BSPCA chairman called all pets’ fanciers not to panic, keep their animals, and not lose them free in the streets.

He noted that the BSPCA’s shelters designated to contain stray animals do not have sufficient absorption space which, he said, could portend a problem if this behavior continues from owners towards their animals.

It is noteworthy that the BSPCA announced that it was unable to receive animals from March 26th to April 9th and that it would close the parish center and its store in line with the Kingdom’s procedures and efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.