Campbelltown City Council mayor George Brticevic says adding some puppy love to your home would be the perfect remedy for residents experiencing some difficulty adapting to self-isolation.
Councillor Brticevic is encouraging residents looking for some four-legged friends' company while they spend extra time at home to adopt a cat or a dog from the Animal Care Facility (ACF).
The facility is currently closed to the public. Still, people interested in adopting an animal can fill out an expression of interest form at the council's website and ACF staff will be in touch to arrange an appointment to meet their prospective fur baby.
Appointment availability is currently limited, so people are asked to be patient until the staff make contact.
"Now is a great time to adopt a cat or a dog while you're working from home or practising social distancing," Cr Brticevic said.
"Animals make fantastic companions and can have a really positive impact on your mental health.
"Our staff do a fantastic job of caring for these animals and we're proud of the number of animals we've been able to find a new home for in recent weeks.
Cr Brticevic said due to the facility being almost at capacity; the council has made the difficult decision to stop accepting surrenders and strays from the public unless the animal is considered a threat to community safety.
Several people have given up their family pet due to concerns dogs and cats can spread the coronavirus.
The Australian Veterinary Association has sought to clear up any confusion about the possible transmission of COVID-19 between animals and humans.
The Australian Veterinary Association released a statement stating the primary source of COVID-19 transmission remains human-to-human contact, and the best way to reduce your risk is to practise effective hand hygiene.
"This is corroborated by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which states that at this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19," the statement said.
"While pet owners should always use good hygiene practices, including hand hygiene before and after handling animals as well as their food, the AVA does not believe there is a reason for pet owners to be otherwise concerned."
Cr Brticevic said the facility would accept surrenders and strays again as soon as possible.
Anyone wanting to register their pet can make payment online at www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au
For more information on the council's response to the COVID-19 health situation visit www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/COVID19.