Concerned pet owners report crowdsourcing as COVID-19 surges in Shanghai

Concerned pet owners report crowdsourcing as COVID-19 surges in Shanghai 81 logo

With many Shanghai residents abruptly receiving quarantine notices amid another COVID-19 outbreak, the city’s animal lovers have begun to open source information in emergency pet care to prevent potential tragedies.

Spare Leash, a Shanghai-based pet care platform, is among several service providers that have provided advice for pet owners in the city in the event of a potential quarantine. The company said Pet safety had become a valid concern after recent news of another pet dying while owners faced centralized quarantine.

Last week, a Samoyed dog named Snowball was beaten to death by quarantine staff in the southern city of Huizhou while the owners were in quarantine. A similar case in the eastern province of Jiangxi sparked public outrage in November.

Currently, China does not have a standardized policy on handling pets whose owners test positive for COVID-19 or are quarantined for suspected infection. In recent years, various local authorities have announced their own rules, with the city of Beijing calling by “humanistic care and warmth in services” while isolating pets in February.

A poster for Spare Leash, a pet care platform.  By Joey Ang

A poster for Spare Leash, a pet care platform. By Joey Ang

with shanghai reporting With more than 300 local COVID-19 infections since the beginning of March, many people have found themselves in flash quarantines at homes, offices, and even shopping malls. The city’s Noble Pet Resorts said they had received calls from many concerned pet owners this week, seeking potential help if they were quarantined.

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