For many families navigating the stress and challenges of home-schooling, pets have offered children crucial support.
"Cats are still much more likely to get COVID-19 from you, rather than you get it from a cat," said Keith Poulsen, director of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Richa, who has always campaigned for "adopt and not shop" for pets and herself has cats at home, told IANS: "It's really idiotic. If somebody in your family gets COVID-19 will you throw them out?
Citing an instance of an owner of a Labrador abandoning the hapless pet at Patancheru near the city, PFA Hyderabad president Vasanthi Vadi said one should not encourage such acts and that people should continue to care for animals
As per the initiative, real-time video consultation would be made for pets with specialised veterinarians, a press release said.
The ongoing expo also features some rare breeds which include Anatolian Shepherd, Scottish Terrier, Lhasa Apso and others.