Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Keeping Pets and People Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Keeping Pets and People Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Stray Rescue Family,

As Stray Rescue of St. Louis closely monitors the status of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to us to communicate to you what we are doing to help the community and ensure the safety and health of our staff, volunteers, visitors to our shelter, and the animals in our care.

Most importantly, our hearts go out to those who are temporarily out of work and directly affected financially at this time. I really want to help the community, because it’s simply who we are at Stray Rescue and it’s what we do. I have been in the restaurant industry for twenty years before joining the army of animal welfare, so I know what it is like to depend on consistent work. Therefore, I’d like to announce Stray Rescue is opening its doors as a pet food pantry.

We will help the community by providing a bag of pet food for anyone who is in need. If you or your neighbors need help with pet food, please call the shelter at 314-771-6121 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a pick up time. We encourage you to bring your own container so we can help as many families in need as possible. We will also personally deliver pet food to any quarantined individuals who are unable to pick up the food themselves. (Must be open to any available brand of food).

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If you are home, don’t feel helpless! There are actually a lot of ways you can make a difference at this time:

  1. Adopt: It is a perfect time to bond with a new pet. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is sponsoring adoption fees right now for animals over 6 months old! They come to you already spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines, and microchipped! Make an appointment!
  2. Foster: Use this time at home to foster a dog or cat! Many people don’t foster due to long work hours or upcoming vacations. Without those barriers, you can participate in one of the most rewarding programs. Fostering truly saves lives because we can fill their space at the shelter with another animal on the street who needs it. We provide EVERYTHING you need. Blue Buffalo provides our food, we give you beds, crates, toys, etc! It costs you nothing but love and patience. Make an appointment!
  3. STEP UP: Can’t open your home at this time? That’s OK! To help bolster our pet food pantry, we are accepting donations of pet food (including open bags). We have also updated our Wish List so you can help from home:
  4. Stop the misinformation: There is no evidence the coronavirus can be transmitted to or from dogs or cats. It is spread from human to human. Be sure to practice good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water after petting and playing with your pets. There is no need to abandon your pets or surrender them to a shelter out of fear that they will spread or transmit the disease. See video below!
  5. Donate: Last but not least, financial donations are needed as much as ever! We are still rescuing abandoned, injured, and neglected animals because sadly, animal abuse doesn’t stop.

In addition to our daily protocols on cleaning and disinfecting the shelter, we are following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). For more information and to compile a Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit, scroll to the bottom of this page. Our staff is being closely monitored on a daily basis, and we encourage any staff member who feels unwell or wishes to self-quarantine to stay home. We have decided to close our Resale Shop, Second Chances, for the next two weeks and will not be accepting donations to the shop until further notice.

Members of the community are the most valuable asset to us at Stray Rescue, and you have a direct impact to save as many lives as possible.

We are stronger together!!

Cassady Caldwell

Executive Director

Stray Rescue of St. Louis

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Stray Rescue has pulled together information for you, to help eliminate the spreading of incorrect information about pet safety during COVID-19 concerns:

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

  • Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.
  • If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as you normally would, including walking, feeding, and playing. You should continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions (e.g., wash hands before and after interacting with your pet; ensure your pet is kept well-groomed; regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding material, and toys).

World Health Organization

This is a great resource with FAQ's as well as downloads for your workplace and videos to share with staff.

What should you include in your Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit?

Whether it be a tornado, flood, or spreading of a disease, it's always a good idea to have a Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit:


  • Photocopied veterinary records
    • Rabies certificate
    • Vaccinations
    • Medical summary
    • Prescriptions for medications
    • Most recent heartworm test result (dogs)
    • Most recent FeLV/FIV test result (cats)
  • Photocopied registration information (ex: proof of ownership or adoption records)
  • Pet description(s) (ex: breed, sex, color, weight)
  • Recent photographs of each of your pets
  • Waterproof container for documents
  • Microchip information (ex: microchip number, name and number of the microchip company)
  • Your contact information (phone numbers and addresses for your family and friends or relatives you may be staying with)

Water, Food, Medications

  • 2-week supply of food for each animal stored in waterproof containers
  • 2-week supply of water for each animal
  • Non-spill food and water dishes
  • Manual can opener
  • Feeding instructions for each animal
  • 2-week supply of any medications (if applicable)
  • Medication instructions (if applicable)
  • 1-month supply of flea, tick, and heartworm preventative

Other Supplies

  • Leash, collar with ID, and harness
  • Litter and litterbox (cats)
  • Toys
  • Appropriate-sized pet carrier with bedding, blanket, or towel
  • Pet first aid book and first aid kit
  • Cleaning supplies for accidents (paper towels, plastic bags, disinfectant)
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