Evacuating Pets During California Wildfires, Mudslides: Tips
CALIFORNIA -- California experienced its worst fire season last year, which gave way to mudslides in Santa Barbara County. The disasters forced tens of thousands of residents from their homes in a rush to save their lives, but it also left some pets behind.
The disasters prompted a nonprofit, North Valley Animal Disaster Group, to hold a preparedness training for pet owners, according to orovillemr.com. The news site reported that more than 100 Californians attended the Chico training to learn "how to deal with panicked animals."
"The need was evident last year in Butte County, both as residents fled from the Oroville Dam spillway disaster in February and then the summer and fall wildfires," the news site reported. "Evacuees are often torn about leaving, fearing for the welfare of their animals."
North Valley Animal Disaster Group offers an evacuation plan on its website. Among the tips, include:
- Take your pet with you. If you must evacuate your house, do not leave your pet behind
- Create a list of boarding facilities within a 100-mile radius of your home. Identify nearby hotels that accept pets and under what circumstances
- Have your pet microchipped for easy identification
- Place an out of the area emergency contact name and number, along with your own, on your pet's ID tag
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