California Wildfire Rages, Tips for Pet Evac

October 24, 2007 | By Matt Van Hoven | 339 comments
Tags: pet, dog, cat, emergency, evacuation, health

Wildfires spreading throughout California have led to the evacuation of thousands. Among them are the animal companions with whom residents share their lives.

As this catastrophe is happening, the Humane Society of the United States has issued the following information concerning the best measures for ensuring your pet's safety during a crisis.

Emergency preparedness is vital, so please – if you have a pet, here's what you need to do. These measures are applicable to any emergency situation.

Keep an emergency supply kit for your pet at all times, and include the following.

- A three day supply of food and drinking water, as well as bowls, cat litter and a container to be used as a litter box.

- Current photos and descriptions of pets.

- Up-to-date identification, including an additional tag with the phone number of someone out of the area in the event the pet becomes lost.

- Medications, medical records and a first-aid kit stored in a waterproof container.

- Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers to transport pets safely as well as blankets or towels for bedding and warmth. Carriers should be large enough to comfortably house your pet for several hours, or even days.

Check out humanesociety.org/disaster for more info.

Do you know someone who needs help housing pets in the San Diego area? Do you have a space for animals in need? Post your information below this story.

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JudyCarney
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JudyCarney
5 years ago

Yes, a very good article on being prepared with an animal kit in case of a crisis. However, this kit should be prepared and available at all times and not need to have a crisis to use it. Handy to have if one needs to leave home unexpectedly as an emergency.

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Wendie
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Wendie
5 years ago

I think this information should be passed around year round year after year, not just in the light of tragedy. Many times, by the time the tragedy is here, it's too late for owners to be learning these types of things. Seems like this would make a good handout in adoption kits as well as at the vet clinic.

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