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Trial By Fire: Protect Pets & Wildlife During Wildfires

(PET SAFETY) As California continues to experience one of its worst wildfire seasons to date, anyone who lives in an at-risk area should be prepared to care for themselves and their pets in the event of an evacuation.

Since many shelters don’t allow pets, here’s some good advice on finding places that allow people are their pets to stay together. Plus, read other wildfire safety tips below. — Global Animal

A horse is evacuated along Osborne street at the Creek fire Tuesday morning. Photo Credit: David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

PETA warns against leaving any animals behind to fend for themselves.

They offer these tips for saving pets and wildlife:

  • Plan ahead and know your destination. Shelters for human victims don’t often allow animals, but motels in the area will probably accept them in an emergency. Call destinations in advance and find out which ones will accommodate you and your animals.
  • Never leave animals unsupervised in a car; they can panic and try to escape or suffer from heatstroke once ambient temperatures rise above 70 degrees, even if water is provided and the windows are slightly open.
  • Place small animals in secure carriers. Dogs should be leashed with harnesses because frightening sounds and unfamiliar surroundings may make them bolt and strangle. Take water and food bowls, your animal’s favorite toy or blanket, a towel, and enough food for at least one week.
  • Make sure that dogs and cats are microchipped and put legible ID tags with your phone number on them so that your companions can be found in case they get separated from you.
  • Leave containers of fresh water in places where they will be accessible to wildlife. Leave the outside faucets trickling.

For more disaster plan help read: Be Prepared: Emergency Plan For Your Pets

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