Pet Evacuation Tips

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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