Pets are members of the family, and we want them to be safe during an evacuation for wildfire or other emergency. Here are some pet evacuation tips:
- Remember, if it’s not safe for you to be in your home, it’s not safe for your pet either.
- As the wildfire approaches, bring your pet inside so you won’t have to search for him or her if you need to leave quickly.
- Know which hotels and motels along the evacuation route will accept pets.
- Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are current. Many shelters require current proof of vaccinations.
- Make sure all dogs and cats are wearing collars with securely fastened, up-to-date identification.
- Consider having your pet microchipped.
- Have a sturdy leash, harness, and/or carrier for safely transporting your pet to ensure it can’t escape.
- Have pet food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter, litter pan, and a manual can opener to open pet food, if needed.
- Have medications and copies of medical records stored in a water proof container.
- Have current photos of your pet in case he or she gets lost.
- Have information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pet.
- Bring pet bed and toys if they can be easily transported.
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