In the months when the Coronavirus is presenting its sad account to mankind, pets have to deal with a virus that is more difficult to detect but just as difficult to eradicate:


It is a fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a sad record of pet abandonment; Unfortunately, the data speak for themselves, to limit ourselves to the Italian situation and to a single example, the kennels monitored by the AIDAA Italian Association for Animal Defense and Environment recorded a 30 increase in the admissions of dogs and other animals in the period between February 20 and March 8 . Just when the epidemic was spreading in Italy. Italia.

Pet abandonment is a multifactorial probleme and we certainly do not intend to exhaust its complexity in the space of this short article. What is important to us is to put the spotlight on those abandonments or renunciations of property related to the health emergency situation that has affected all the countries of the world during this first half of 2020.

At the beginning of the pandemic, when information about the virus was still scarce - and above all unclear - there was a surge of interest in the possible transmission of this particular coronavirus from pets to humans.o.


The matter was promptly clarified on a global and national level:dogs, cats and other pets cannot transmit SARS-CoV-2 to their human companions. At the moment there are only 4 cases of animal infection documented worldwide, three in Hong Kong and one in Belgium; in all 4 cases, dogs and cats were infected by their owners with Covid, not the other way around.

However, this did not prevent many people in Italy from deciding to renounce the ownership of the pet, handing it over to the local kennel; in the worst cases, abandoning it directly on the street..


An abandoned animal suffers an emotional and psychological trauma that is difficult to overcome. Even in the very fortunate case of a second chance at family life, trauma leaves emotional and behavioral wounds for life.

In most cases, however, abandoning an animal on the street is equivalent to condemning it to certain death. Furthermore, stray animals are directly related to an increase in the spread of zoonoses(diseases capable of passing from animals to humans and therefore represent in all respects a danger to public health..

With our choices we can make a difference. Fear, as we know, is a bad adviser: acting on the emotional wave of the fear of a contagion that in fact will never happen, can paradoxically lead to an increase in the possibility of diseases circulating in society that can certainly make the leap of dog species or cat to man. Such as rabies, toxoplasmosis, cat scratch disease and ringworm, to name a few.


Choosing to have an animal companion, whatever it is, is an act of responsibility:towards the domestic animal and, also, towards civil society. Unfortunately, it can happen that you are unable to cope with the commitment made when you bring a puppy home: in this unfortunate case there are several ways out that allow humans and animals to separate their paths in a correct and lawful way. and respectful to the animal.ale.

Labbandono is never a way out. Nor a choice. It is a practice not worthy of a human being like man, who was able, thousands of years ago, to domesticate extraordinary animals such as cats and dogs, to make a pact of friendship with them and obtain mutual

Let's make sure that Covid-19 does not become yet another excuse to perpetrate violence on animals: share this article on your social channels, contribute with us to raise awareness on this important issue!


- Author: Anna Pozzi

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