Over the past few weeks, people understandably scrambled for information on pets and the coronavirus. To assist with these questions the U.S. Centers for Disease Control offered information here about  Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) , with links to other information on the issue. And Colorado State University has provided a guidance on  What pet owners and veterinarians need to know about the coronavirus . And in a Psychology Today post, Zazie Todd shared,  COVID-19 and Planning for Your Pet: What pet owners need to know .
Shelters held concerns over volunteer, visitor, and staffing shortages and amid lock-down orders. And while in  Seattle, Washington animal adoptions were down nearly 50% , other shelters have seen   an uptick in foster applications  during the recently enacted COVID-19 quarantine. Heartening examples of human-animal interactions have not been lacking, such as this one in which a  therapy dog visited quarantined seniors to let them know they're not alone .
The pandemic has also spurred discussion of broader, and perhaps more problematic, systemic issues. Sonia Shaw in a piece in  The Nation Think Exotic Animals Are to Blame for the Coronavirus? Think Again , notes that “scientists have fingered bats and pangolins as potential sources of the virus, but the real blame lies elsewhere—with human assaults on the environment.” In an article in  The Hill Coronavirus should be a wake-up call to our treatment of the animal world , author Cyril Christo’s argues that “the coronavirus did not manifest from nowhere. Our sadistic treatment and manipulation of animals for centuries has come back to haunt us. It is time for humanity to absorb the lessons of the animal world.” Finally, looking forward to solutions Lori Marino’s commentary,  Other Animals Are Not Humans’ Sacrificial Fall Guys , speaks to the use of animal testing to address the COVID-19 pandemic, with the conclusion that “using other animal species to solve human-made problems amounts to just more of the same hubris and human exceptionalism that spawned the COVID-19 pandemic in the first place.”