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Statement regarding COVID-19 positive tiger at the Bronx Zoo

New York, NY (April 7, 2020) – We are saddened to learn that Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for COVID-19. Officials believe she became sick after coming in contact with an asymptomatic zookeeper.

We understand that this may cause concern over whether companion animals, particularly domesticated house cats and dogs, can transmit the virus to humans. We want to emphasize that this case has not changed advice from experts. The American Veterinary Medical Association, U.S. Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization agree that there is no evidence that a dog, cat, or any pet can transmit COVID-19 to humans.

We at SPCA International urge pet owners not to abandon their animals. Always maintain basic hygiene when handling and caring for your pets. Wash your hands before and after interacting with your pet, and avoid kissing or sharing your food with your animals.

SPCAI is closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as they become available.