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Wed, Oct 24 | By Matt Van Hoven | 339

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 h… more ›

California Wildfire Rages, Tips for Pet Evac
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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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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

This article a good refresher, particularly with deadly wildfires raging in Australia as I write. The tip about putting an extra tag on your pet with contact ID info for someone out of the area is one many people wouldn't have thought of.

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

Always best to be prepared, you never know and so often pets are forgotten about. I think a lot of people in this country learned from what happened in New Orleans. You really do need to have an emergency plan.

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Gene M.
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Gene M.
6 years ago

Good information

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Kathryn M.
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Kathryn M.
6 years ago

This is a great idea & something I will implement in my home. Pet responsibility at the next level

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

Makes it rougher when there are multiple animals to deal with in a crisis. But its better to be prepared and never need it than not to be & then something happens.

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EddieP
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EddieP
6 years ago

This is good info for anyone to know who might ever have to leave because of a emergency.

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Teresa K.
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Teresa K.
6 years ago


I do not know anyone in the area and I live in IL. but I wish them all the best.

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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

even if you don't live around that area its a great idea to put up these precautions

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Teresa B.
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Teresa B.
6 years ago

Very good Idea.

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5cats2dogs
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5cats2dogs
6 years ago

Great information. Best to be prepared before an emergency!!! A friend's daughter had to evacuated from the CA fires; she and her family and their 9 dogs camped in a park for 4 days. They were totally prepared and the evacuation and stay in the park went very smoothly.

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Theresa
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Theresa
6 years ago

I can not imagine going through such a devastating disaster. I don't know that I could go on and leave any animal behind.

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Shirley B.
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Shirley B.
6 years ago

Thanks for a timely reminder. Most areas of our country are prone to some type of natural disaster. All pet owners should have an emergency kit available for pets and people just in case its needed.

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Brandie A.
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Brandie A.
6 years ago

Great information...this is something I have on hand and I think every pet owner should be prepared for. Not just wild fires, but any natural disaster can occur without warning and when an animal is scared they will run.

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Turnandburn
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Turnandburn
6 years ago

i couldnt stand leaving my pets behind!

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Spugh42
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Spugh42
6 years ago

Most folks have a difficult doing this for themselves much less for their pets. I couldn't imagine leaving my pets behind but you never know what situation you'll face.

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Tami T.
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Tami T.
6 years ago

So glad the wildfire risk is low here.

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Susan H.
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Susan H.
6 years ago

That is very sad. I hope all the pets survived. That is way to scary for me. I couldn't live where fires spread so easy.

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Vicky
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Vicky
6 years ago

how sad

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Felicia
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Felicia
6 years ago

great tips

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karen
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karen
6 years ago

I always wondered what would happen to us if this situation were in our area, we have three dogs. Great tips.

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Kristi L.
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Kristi L.
6 years ago

Those are great tips for any emergency. Current photo is a good idea, I know they always say that about kids, but it is also good to have for pets!

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Charmedone92
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Charmedone92
6 years ago

That is very valuable information for all Cali pet owners... please expand out to other websites!!!!

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NancyP
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NancyP
6 years ago

Great tips. It always pays to be proactive.

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Leiah D.
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Leiah D.
6 years ago

The pets really need a way out. They would surely die.

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

I agree. Everyone should have a safety evacuation plan and kit. Practice with your pets too.

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Janicevarley
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Janicevarley
6 years ago

It's something you never think about until it's too late. Great info...thanks!

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George P.
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George P.
6 years ago

Makes me think we need to update our emergency plan.

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Bailiesmom
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Bailiesmom
6 years ago

Good information. I've been thinking of this more lately.

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Jessica R.
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Jessica R.
6 years ago

very informative

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Margene  W.
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Margene W.
6 years ago

Thanks for the info-it is always good to be prepared-no matter what the emergency.

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Ed D.
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Ed D.
6 years ago

There are too many people who don't know how to take care of themselves in a disaster, never mind their animals. Good to get them thinking!

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PackLeader1
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PackLeader1
6 years ago

To bad this wasn't done in LA. and Ms. during Katrina.

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Ourstaff
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Ourstaff
6 years ago

Planning for an emergency that may never happen is hard. Not planning and losing a pet would be worse.

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Karen S.
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Karen S.
6 years ago

This is important information that the Hunmane Society of the United States has issued. I feel badly for the home owners who were not able to get home to retrive their pets before they had to evacuate.

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Fetch
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Fetch
6 years ago

This informational article reminds us to be pet prepared. The tips are so valuable. Hopefully what happened in New Orleans with the pet population will not happen again.

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Kim W.
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Kim W.
6 years ago

I wish all the pets could be saved by well prepared owners but there are always those who aren't prepared.

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Charlotte C.
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Charlotte C.
6 years ago

Always be prepared.

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Dee
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Dee
6 years ago

These are excellent tips for both people and pets.

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CORIU
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CORIU
6 years ago

Good info - we should all be prepared for an emergency

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Amber K.
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Amber K.
6 years ago

this is a good thing for all of us to have. people should have some of these things just in a central spot even if they are not in danger of a fire or anything.

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Maxinerauh
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Maxinerauh
6 years ago

those are really good tips- good info.

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JCausby
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JCausby
6 years ago

This is great information - especially for any event- we usually have to watch out for hurricanes.

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shelia s.
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shelia s.
6 years ago

This is a very sad situation. Not only do my prayers go out to the people, but to the lost and scared animals as well..

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Amanda V.
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Amanda V.
6 years ago

Very good info. Its sad what has happened with these fires.

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
6 years ago

Useful tips. It definitly would be a good idea to keep up to date pictures of your pets incase one got lost.

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Lambrhondal
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Lambrhondal
6 years ago

The images from Katrina and other disasters speak louder than any words. The necessity of helping your pet prepare for emergencies is another one of the responsibilities than an owner should undertake. Animals tied to porches, standing intertwined with debris and the countless hours of pacing as they tried to understand. By all means, we need for them to have a chance of surving including shelters allowing pet owners to take their pet with them. I don't think we will ever know how many pet owners died because they would not leave their devoted friends.

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Furls
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Furls
6 years ago

Great tips to keep in mind at all times.

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Tammyg
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Tammyg
6 years ago

Great article - really good information for every pet owner to have.

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