MEOW Foundation is Closed to the Public Due to the COVID-19 Situation
Published March 17, 2020

MEOW Foundation is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of volunteers, staff, guests and the cats in our care. We will provide updates regarding COVID-19 as it relates to MEOW Foundation.

To our valued MEOW Foundation Community,

In keeping with our commitment to health, safety and welfare of everyone and every cat at MEOW, we are planning for several contingency scenarios and taking decisive, informed action to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) while ensuring the continuity of our care for our feline friends.

As of March 16th, 2020, MEOW Foundation enacted the following protocols until further notice:

  • Restricted access (staff only) to MEOW Foundation’s Adoption Centre
  • MEOW Charity Thrift Shop is closed to the public
  • Only essential staff will be permitted to enter the Adoption Centre and Thrift Shop and will be required to follow modified safety procedures
  • Emergency cat intakes only (evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
  • Regal Cat Cafe in Kensington is temporarily closed; please watch their website and Facebook page for more information and updates
  • MEOW cats have returned from Regal Cat Cafe to our Adoption Centre and are available for adoption, following our usual application procedure
  • All individuals scheduled to enter the Adoption Centre who are exhibiting any symptoms of, or have been in contact with anyone exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, will not be permitted to enter the building

All cats in the Adoption Centre will continue to be cared for as usual during this time.

No evidence supports that COVID-19 is present in Canadian animals or that they can spread it to humans and other animals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Government of Canada Public Health Agency recommend pet owners who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 take these measures:

  • If possible, enlist the help of someone else in the household to care for their pet; if this is not possible, be diligent with proper hand washing before and after feeding their pets
  • Practice social distancing with pets in their home (avoid touching/snuggling, kissing pets or sleeping in the same bed)
  • Avoid contamination; do not cough or sneeze on or near their pet
  • Do not allow their pet to interact with other animals or people

MEOW Foundation is dedicated to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of people and cats through strict health measures. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and adapt accordingly. Updates will be available through our website and social media channels. Please know all of our cats are safe, happy and being well cared for. Thank you for your understanding and support during this uncertain time.