COVID-19 Resources

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COVID-19 Resources for Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups

Last updated: 27 March 2020, 10:11 a.m. MDT

Animal welfare organizations around the world are grappling with the implications of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) for staff, volunteers, potential adopters, and the animals in their care. In addition to dealing firsthand with challenges at our national lifesaving centers and at our sanctuary in southern Utah, Best Friends is hearing from shelter and rescue partners who want to know how to lessen the negative impacts of this rapidly spreading virus.

We have compiled the following resources to help guide your thinking and prioritization of tasks. These resources are being frequently updated as more is known about the spread of COVID-19 so check back often. If you know of resources that may be helpful that are not listed below, please reach out to

Learn more about how these resources came together in our first editorial, COVID-19 Resource Page Gives a Glimpse into the Future of Sheltering.

To join the conversation on the Best Friends Network Partner Facebook Group, please apply to become a Network partner by clicking here. We are fast tracking applications right now so that everyone can lend their voice, voice their needs, and collaborate on solutions as quickly as possible.

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