Friends of Tree House and All Animals,

Please see below for a joint statement from The Chicagoland Lifesaving Coalition, of which Tree House is a part, regarding pets and risk of COVID-19 transmission.


Joint Statement Regarding Pets and COVID-19 Risk of Transmission

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced the first confirmed cases of two pet cats that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). While this is alarming, the routine testing of pets is not recommended at this time and there is no evidence that dogs and cats can transmit the virus to humans. The two cats displayed mild symptoms and are expected to make a full recovery. 

Continuing to follow the CDC’s guidelines, we do strongly recommend the following:

  • Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
  • Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.

Additionally, we urge all pet owners to have a plan to continue to care for your pets should you or another member of your household become infected with the virus. 

As trusted partners in animal care, we will continue to keep you updated through our websites and social media.    


Animal Care League

Evanston Animal Shelter

Hinsdale Humane Society

One Tail at a Time

Safe Humane

South Suburban Humane Society

The Anti-Cruelty Society

Tree House Humane Society

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