Thoughts and Actions on COVID-19

Thoughts and Actions on COVID-19

This is a very scary time, and I think we are all wondering how we will look back on 2020. There are so many unknowns as we navigate a new way of life, with the fortunate folks working from home while others have been or soon will be laid off, kids homeschooling, grocery store shelves barren, and no toilet paper or traffic in sight.

Many of us have loved ones that we are very concerned for; I count myself in this group and have a great deal anxiety over the safety of my immune-compromised hero-father. For those who have lost a friend or loved one to COVID-19, I can’t even imagine the pain and sadness. We have to come together to do our part to stop the spread of this virus. 

I am confident that we will. You may have seen that it was a Seattle resident who today was the first to receive a trial vaccine for COVID-19; she is one of our very own fosters, volunteers and adopters, Jennifer Haller. It’s not surprising that she volunteered herself in this capacity; she is just amazing! 

While so many unknowns still remain, we are now certain that dogs, cats and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting or transmitting COVID-19. Here is an explanation of what this means from our friends at All the Best Pet Care.

With all of the fear and anxiety, there is a silver lining: There has been a surge in families interested in both fostering and adopting a rescue dog. This certainly can’t hurt morale! Dogs have been scientifically shown to increase oxytocin levels in humans, and we all could use a little more “love hormone” right about now! Moreover, there is no shortage of dogs in need of families, and so we are working diligently to place homeless dogs with families in Seattle. 

Nevertheless, we have a moral duty to take extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our fosters and volunteers, potential adopters, as well as society at large. As such, we are implementing the following changes.

Public Events: We are cancelling public adoption events, social meetups and fundraisers until further notice.We will continue to monitor and observe recommendations of the King County and Washington State Department of Health as well as the CDC. We will plan to resume events as soon as it is determined safe to do so. 

Private Meet and Greets: Given the urgency of our work in the rescue and rehoming of a large number of homeless dogs, we will be moving forward with our mission while implementing changes to safeguard the humans connected with our organization. We will continue to schedule private meet and greets between fosters and potential adopters with the following requests:

  • If you are sick, immune-compromised, or at high risk for the virus, you should not participate in a private meet and greet. 
  • All parties should thoroughly wash hands prior to and after the meet and greet and avoid touching your face.
  • Please be mindful of social distancing recommendations: Maintain a distance of 4-6′ from others if possible and refrain from shaking hands. 
  • When possible, meet and greets should occur in an open air environment.  

How can you help at this time?

  • Consider fostering or adopting with Dog Gone Seattle
  • Please be patient with us and understand that we are working diligently to respond to all inquiries expediently.
  • Donate food, crates, or other fostering supplies that are currently in high demand.

We are grateful for and proud of the Dog Gone Seattle community and Seattle community at large, and confident that if we all stay calm and careful, we will weather this storm, and maybe save a bunch of canine lives in the process!

If you have specific questions or concerns about this, please email me directly at

20 Comments. Leave a comment

  1. Corinne Ludy

    I would love to possibly meet Chicklet if she is still available, I live alone on Whidbey Island with a large backyard. I rescued a dog several years ago after having Golden Retrievers for decades. My father was a veterinarian so have been around animals all my life. I’m looking for a dog companion.

    My e-mail is corinneludy@a I can also give you my phone number if you want. I understand there is an issue around “sheltering in place”.

  2. Maximus

    Where can we see pictures & bios of dogs available and those coming in.
    Obviously the supply chain cannot simply cease.
    We are interested in a female or male dog to supplement our 2 elderly mixed terriers – both male.
    Issaquah, WA

    • Jenny DB Nordin

      Hello, Thank you for your interest in the dogs we have available for potential adoptions. The best place to view the pictures and bios of all available dogs is by visiting our Adoptable Dogs page: You can use the filter fields at the top to search by certain criteria. Hope this helps you search!

  3. candice clinton

    Hello! We are very interested in meeting Daniella (medium young female, black mouth cur, bull terrier) any time. Please contact us ASAP! Thanks!

  4. Haleigh Ann Newman

    We are interested in applying to adopt Erik.
    Please let me know if meeting him is an option and how to apply

  5. Jilma Meneses

    I would like to meet, and possibly adopt, Bruce Almighty. Please let me know when I can meet him. I will drive up to Seattle from southern Washington. I filled out an application a few days ago. Thanks very much.

    • Jenny DB Nordin

      Bruce Almighty has an adoption pending; hopefully you have already received a response from his case manager by now. I apologize but this isn’t the most speedy way to get a response. You can always email a case manager or

  6. Jody Dahl

    I love that you guys are still here! And I love that story.

    But I do need to correct your statement about transmission. Covid-19 is a Zoonotic virus. Which means it was transmitted from an animal (Bat to Pangolin) to a human, and can be transmitted back. I’m sure we’ve seen the story of the tigers testing positive. But they’ve found proof that it can, in fact he transmitted to domestic animals both cats and dogs, as well. Sorry. I don’t think this should prevent fosters or meeting a pup. But you could he held liable for that statement. Might want to remove it.

    • Jenny DB Nordin

      Thanks for that information. Our understanding is this is still under research. UW is doing a study currently recruiting dogs to understand whether dogs can contract or transmit coronavirus.
      At the date this update on our organizational policies was published I believe the information in it was accurate. We will certainly update it if new info comes to light.

  7. Beth

    I would love to adopt Aggie if he’s still available at your shelter

  8. Todd Smith

    We would love to meet Skye. We lost our dog of 11 years a couple months ago. We are ready to bring a new friend home. We live in Bothell/Mill Creek, and would really appreciate the opportunity. Thank you so much!

  9. Jenny

    Hello I am very interested in bingo. But I’m not sure if you will let us adopt because we live in Olympia. Could you please get back to me. Thank you.

  10. Susie Close

    We would like to meet and possibly adopt Crystal ID#15629233. We were notified you received our application but we have not heard anything since.
    Thank you

  11. Rebecca Marsh

    Super excited to hear back from you about meeting Jackson !! He looks like such a sweet heart !! Thank you 🙂

  12. Charlotte

    Was wondering if I could come and meet Franklin on behalf of my parents? They live a couple of hours away and my partner and I are in Seattle and would love to meet him and see if he’s be a good fit as a little brother to their dog, Finn, who is also a dachshund/terrier mix! They seriously look like twins and Finn would LOVE a companion to run around the yard with. Franklin seems like the perfect fit, from what we can see!

    Thank you!

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