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We love our pets

Help protect them

Pets are an important part of every family

Make them part of your family escape plan

Do you have pets? small ones? Big ones? All kinds? If so, you know how important pets are to every family – and that means we should include them in every fire prevention activity.

We’ll teach you how to make pets part of your family evacuation plan. If there’s a wildfire, how do you keep pets calm, include them in your evacuation, and keep them safe? Where do you take large animals in the event of an evacuation?

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Make a list and check it twice

Identification and transportation

Collars and Licenses – Make sure your pets wear collars and two tags 1) their license AND 2) a tag with their name and your contact number.

Microchips – Your vet will implant the chip in your pet (usually around their neck area). Most vets will then register the chip with the manufacturer, but it’s up to you to keep your contact information up-to-date.

Carrier – Even if your pet doesn’t normally travel in a carrier, you still need to have a properly sized one for each of your pets. Many disaster shelters that accept pets won’t unless the pet is in a carrier. And don’t forget to write your pet’s name, your name and your contact information on each carrier.

Car Safety – Your pets should travel in your car only if they are secured. Just like you wear a seat belt, so should they, or they should travel in a secured carrier.

Extras At the Ready – Keep an extra leash in your car.

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Training your pet can be fun

Training

Train your pet to willingly enter the pet transport. This should ideally begin when they’re a puppy, kitten, etc. If they understand the transport before a crisis, it will be far easier to get them to comply when evacuating is time sensitive.

Train your dog to walk on a leash. When evacuating in a disaster, this is a necessary skill.

Practice transporting your pets by putting them in their transporters and going for a ride in the vehicle you’re most likely to use in the event of an evacuation.

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By planning ahead, you could help save your pet's life!

Be prepared for an emergency

Post a Rescue Alert Sticker

Post a sticker on a front-facing window or next to a front door and alert first responders that you have pets inside your home!

Prepare a Safe Haven

If you need to evacuate, don’t leave your pet at home. Pre- plan with a pet-friendly hotel, family friend, or relative to take care of your pet if you can’t.

Build a Go Kit

Use the instructions in this brochure to build a GO kit to use in the event of a mandatory evacuation. You need a kit. Your pets need a kit, too.

Every Pet Should be Properly Identified

A valid pet-license and owner contact info is important to have on your pet at all times. Even better — get your pet microchipped and registered.

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Know where shelters are before you need them

Finding emergency shelters

When major disasters occur (such as an earthquake or a raging wildfire), many agencies will set up shelters for evacuees. Some of these shelters may accept pets. Large animals, such as horses, will need to be taken to specific shelters. Most horse and large animal owners are familiar with how that process works. 

To find out more about animal shelters related to a disaster, please contact:
  • Area veterinary clinics
  • Area boarding facilities
  • Local animal shelters
  • Don’t forget family or friends outside the evacuation area
  • Pet-friendly hotels if it’s in the budget

A little preparation goes a long way

Preparation is the key to making sure our loved ones stay safe. And that includes your pets, no matter how big or small, whether they have fur of fins!

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