How Are The Pandemic, Remote Work, Extreme Heat Affecting Our Furry Friends?

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TUESDAY on “The Source” — The COVID-19 crisis has changed and continues to affect everyday life, including for our pets and for the many animals still in need of a loving home. 

More people are working remotely because of health concerns. How has this dynamic affected pet-owner relationships and what happens when it’s time to return to the office?

Hurricane season and summer heat can also make life more stressful and dangerous for pets. What precautions should be taken? What should be done for a pet with heat-related illness? 

How has the pandemic affected San Antonio animal shelters? What’s happening with adoptions and fosters? What is the current level of need? What opportunities are there to volunteer?

What do we know now about whether animals can contract or spread COVID-19? Should owners be doing anything to protect their pets amid the pandemic?


  • Officer Shannon Sims, assistant director of the City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Services department
  • Lisa Norwood, ACS public relations and outreach manager
  • Dr. Lori Teller, DVM, clinical associate professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

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*This interview will be recorded on Tuesday, September 15.