In NSW animal owners and carers have an obligation under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTA) to provide food, water, shelter and veterinary care to their animals. In addition the owners of some animals must meet prescribed standards of care under POCTA, the Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986 and the Animal Research Act 1985.
You may leave home to transport a dog, cat or other companion animal:
Reasons for leaving home to care for an animal and ensure its welfare includes:
The current spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 is a result of human to human transmission.
Recent research suggests cats and ferrets are more susceptible to infection. However, to date, there is no evidence that animals have contributed to the spread of the disease, and therefore there is no justification in taking measures against animals which may compromise their welfare.
When handling and caring for animals, basic hygiene measures should always be implemented. This includes hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking or sharing food.
More information can be found by visiting the OIE website.