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The following chart provides information on COVID-19 shelter in place/closure orders with respect to rules impacting access to pet care, supplies, and services.  This document will be updated to reflect changing circumstances as new information becomes available.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many states are shutting down all but what they deem to be essential services and businesses.  This can impact dog owners and breeders in a wide variety of ways, including but not limited to: the ability to obtain sufficient, proper food and supplies and ensuring that animal owners can travel if necessary to care for their animals. Additionally, we are urging consideration for essential employees such as health care workers so they do not lose options for kenneling or pet care at a time when they may be required to work long or unscheduled hours.

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States with Shelter in Place and Non-Essential Business Closure Pet Care Services Exempted (Veterinary services are exempted unless otherwise stated) Additional Information
Alaska Veterinary services declared essential, other businesses may remain open so long as there are no more than 10 in the business at a time.
Arizona Pet supplies declared essential, along with “businesses that provide food, shelter and other necessities for life for animals”, including kennels.
California Workers supporting veterinary hospitals and clinics, animal control officers and humane officers, pet and animal feed processing facilities; Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, etc.; transportation of live animals, animal medical materials; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; raising of animals for food; animal production operations; slaughter and packing plants and associated regulatory and government workforce, are exempt from the shutdown.
Colorado Veterinary services and pet supply stores will remain open.   Specific exemption passed on 3/21 allows animals to be transferred to a foster home without inspection (currently required).
Connecticut Pet Supply and Pet Care services are exempt from the shutdown.
Delaware Animal Food Manufacturing, Other Animal Production, Support Activities for Animal Production are exempt from the shutdown.
Florida Veterinarians and Pet Boarding facilities are exempt from the shutdown.
Hawaii Exemption made for “businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals”, including kennels
Illinois Businesses that provide food, shelter, and other “essentials for life for animals” may remain open, including kennels.
Indiana Businesses that allow for “food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals” are exempt from the shutdown.
Iowa Some businesses closed, animal services not impacted.
Kansas Businesses providing animal food products and services must allowed to remain open.
Kentucky Veterinarians and Life-Sustaining Retail, including Pet and Pet Supply Stores, are exempt from the shutdown.
Louisiana Implemented shelter-in-place. Veterinarians are exempt from the shutdown. This is effective through April 12.
Maine Veterinary clinics, animal welfare, and animal feed and supply stores are considered essential and exempt from the shutdown. It is not clear that “pet grooming services” would be considered “animal welfare” and will be exempt.
Maryland Pet food manufacturers and distributors, retailers, and veterinary services and supplies are exempt. Clarification from the Maryland Office of Legal Counsel states this includes pet supply stores.
Massachusetts Pet Supply and Pet Care services are exempt from the shutdown.
Michigan Exemption for businesses needed “to perform tasks that are necessary to….the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets).”
Missouri No statewide orders, multiple cities and counties instituting separate orders.
Nebraska No statewide order at this time.
Nevada Veterinary Services and Pet Stores are exempt from the shutdown.
New Hampshire All businesses and other organizations that do not provide Essential Services shall close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public and cease  all in person operations as of 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020 and shall not re-open to workers, customers or the public or resume in person operations before 12:01 a.m. on May 4, 2020
New Jersey Pet Supply and Pet Care services are exempt from the shutdown.
New Mexico Emergency veterinary services deemed essential, other pet services and businesses not listed.
New York Businesses relating to the care of animals are exempt from the shutdown.
North Carolina Pet services remain open.
Ohio “Businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals”are exempt from the shutdown, including kennels.
Oklahoma Exemption for pet food and veterinary services.
Oregon Pet Supply and Pet Care services are exempt from the shutdown.
Pennsylvania Pet and feed stores are exempt from shutdown.
Rhode Island RI closing all non-essential businesses as of March 30. Pet supply stores are considered “essential” under the order.
Texas Dallas County under shelter in place order, effective tonight through April 3.
Utah No statewide directive at this time.
Virginia Pet and feed stores remain open.
Washington Veterinary services and animal feed businesses are exempt.  Application available for other pet services not included
West Virginia Businesses that “provide food, shelter, or other necessities of life for animals” are exempt
Wisconsin Essential veterinary and animal healthcare, businesses that provide “food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals” are exempt.
Wyoming No statewide directive at this time.
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