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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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Recommendations from City of Berkeley Animal Care Services

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, April 08, 2020) - Make a plan now for how you will care for your pets if you are hospitalized or become ill from COVID-19.

While many people will have mild symptoms and should prepare to take care of themselves at home, some will become severely ill and others will need hospitalization.

Planning ahead for your pets' care will reduce your stress and provide peace of mind.

Take steps to prepare

Gather supplies

Put together a bag of supplies your pet needs. It should include:

  • Food to last at least 2 weeks
  • 30 day supply of medications
  • Travel kennel
  • Treats, toys, and familiar items. These help reduce stress for your pet.
  • Cat litter, or bedding for small pets

Make a written emergency plan

Document the key information someone would need in order to care for your pet if you are unable to. Include:

  • Your name
  • Your contact information, including cell phone
  • Your pet's feeding schedule
  • Any medical conditions and treatment instructions
  • Contact information for your veterinarian
  • Documentation of vaccinations

Identify a temporary caregiver

Talk to friends, family, or neighbors now about the possibility of taking in your pets if you are hospitalized. If you are not able to find someone in your network, make arrangements to use a boarding facility.

Public animal shelters should be a last resort. Although we are able to help in emergencies, the system isn't designed to provide long term care. In addition, space is limited and shelters may not have the capacity to help all animals in need.

Review your pet's needs with your caregiver before you become ill. Show them where your supplies are and make arrangements for them to get access to your home.

If you’re sick at home

Not everyone with COVID-19 gets hospitalized. Most people will need to recover at home, to preserve hospital resources for the most severe cases. You will still need to take precautions:

  • If possible, have another member of your household care for pets while you're sick.
  • Avoid contact with your pets, including petting, snuggling, being licked, or sharing food. While there have been no reports of pets becoming sick from COVID-19 in the United States, the CDC still recommends limiting contact with animals until more information is known.
  • Arrange for someone else to take your pet on walks, to veterinary appointments, or any other essential outdoor activities. While you're sick, you should only leave your house to get medical care.

For more advice on preparing yourself and your pets for COVID-19, review CDC guidance for pet owners and recommendations from Berkeley's Health Officer on how to care for yourself at home.


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