Is my pet at risk from the COVID-19 coronavirus, or will my pet infect me?

The CDC says that, at present, there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats will become a source of infection of COVID-19.

Your pet is NOT A RISK to you and is NOT AT RISK from the virus.

 On 2.28.20 it was reported that Hong Kong authorities quarantined a dog after samples from the dog’s nasal cavity and mouth tested “weak positive” for the virus. The dog’s owner had tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, the dog is not showing signs of illness and will be tested again. It is unknown if the detected presence of the virus is due to infection or environmental contamination. We will continue to provide updates.

It’s important to remember that viruses can sometimes infect a species but not cause illness in that species, nor become transmissible to others.

As far as realistic risk factors—if, for instance, your dog is usually at home and doesn’t contact other dogs or people and no one in your household has the COVID-19 coronavirus, the odds that your pet would become sick—IF the virus is determined to be transmittable to animals—are highly unlikely.

It is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 avoid contact with animals out of an abundance of caution.

It is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets to help avoid transmission of more common illness-causing agents, such as E. coli and Salmonella.

To protect your pet from respiratory diseases, vaccinate your pet for Bordetella, parainfluenza and canine influenza, which are the most common vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases in pets.

Keep your pets fully immunized at all times. Your veterinarian can help you determine which vaccines your pet should have, based on its risk factors.

Original Facebook post on February 10th @ 9:37am
Reshared on Missing/Found Pets Oak Island/Southport on February 10th 10:50am

Anyone in Southport missing a cat? I think the Male cat may be between 8-10 years old and is visually impaired/blind. I believe someone dropped him off @ Marker 614 last week. I checked Port City Java to see if there were any lost cat fliers but no luck.

The Coyotes as Neighbors video right on the home page is full of factual information about coyote behavior and how humans should react to them. This information could be helpful to our citizens. It’s especially relevant to those who have dogs or pets. (There are a few graphic images at about the 24 minute mark so just be aware.)

There are several resources at the bottom of the site home page that are specific for dog owners.

City of Southport Achieves Pet-Friendly Certification
BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ Program Recognizes First Set of Certified Cities

Southport, NC July 09. 2019 – Today, the City of Southport received the official BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification, as part of the Mars Petcare BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program, showcasing its commitment to creating a pet-friendly community. More people than ever view pets as members of the family, and with 85 million pet-households in the United States, City of Southport is on the forefront of creating a vibrant community where pets are not only welcome but thrive.

The City of Southport is proud of our community’s achievements, rich and diverse heritage, and potential for the future. Our Animal Protective Services strives to provide quality service and education to all residents and visitors while ensuring the humane treatment of animals in a culture of compassion and integrity.

“On behalf of the city of the City of Southport, we are honored to receive the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification to showcase the great work we’ve done to allow more people to enjoy the benefits of life with their pets. With the help and support of our passionate local residents, we’ve seen how small steps such as the support of a Community Cat Program, along with a pet-friendly downtown area, have made an impact in our own backyard.”

In January, Mars Petcare launched the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification, an extension of the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program which works with local government, businesses and non-profits to help communities make four-legged friends welcome. The certification, created in partnership with urban-planning organization, Civic Design Center, evaluates cities based on 12 traits of pet-friendly cities across four categories: businesses, parks, shelters and homes. Applicants that received a certification demonstrated their commitment to creating a pet-friendly community and fostering the well-being of all citizens and pet companions.

“We established the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification to celebrate cities that are creating positive and welcoming environments for people and their pets and encourage more cities to recognize the benefits of our four-legged friends,” said Jam Stewart, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Mars Petcare. “We’re excited to announce the inaugural group of certified cities and look forward to continuing this progress with The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program.”

To learn more about how to get involved in this initiative, and for the full list of BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification recipients please visit

The City of Southport has partnered with DocuPet to provide an enhanced dog licensing experience. DocuPet specializes in creating and managing pet licensing programs. It’s our job to ensure that every dog in the community is licensed. Once compliant, our program offers additional value to guardians through our HomeSafe™ and Pet Perks Programs.

City of Southport pet tags can now be purchased online via the DocuPet Platform at, over the phone with a DocuPet customer service representative, via mailed in form, or in person at Southport City Hall.

Only dogs and cats that reside within the city limits of Southport are required to be licensed.

Annual pet licenses cost $15.00 for spayed or neutered pets, or $25.00 for intact animals.
Licenses are valid for 365 days after purchase.

Top 3 Things for Southport Pet Owners to know:
1. All tags will be mailed from DocuPet’s Syracuse office and should arrive within 10-12 business days. It’s important to ensure pet owners provide their correct address!
2. Dogs and cats should wear their tags at all times – this is key to help getting them home in the event they decide to go on an unsupervised adventure.
3. Completing a pet’s profile is important – this means updating the privacy settings to show more information if a dog is lost or found. If someone finds a pet wearing a DocuPet tag, they can look up the tag and depending on the privacy settings, see their guardian’s information.

If nothing shows up the finder can submit a Found Pet Report and the HomeSafe team will then work with the pet finder and pet owner to get that pet home.

Questions? Please contact the DocuPet Customer Service Team at [email protected] or 1-877-239-6072 they will happily answer all your questions.