Pet Evacuation

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  • You play an important role in helping your pets stay safe in a wildfire
  • Preparing animals for an evacuation requires an extra level of planning, preparedness, and practice

Pet Evacuation Tips

  • Bring pets inside at the early signs of a wildfire so that you won’t have to spend time searching for them outdoors
  • If the fire is nearby and evacuation is expected, place them in carriers near the front door, with food and water
  • If possible, take pets with you when evacuating
  • Don’t ever delay leaving home during a fire to find your pets
  • Your personal safety could depend on a quick exit!

What to Expect When You’re Evacuated

  • Many human evacuation centers cannot accept pets due to health and safety regulations 
  • Often, only service animals are permitted in an evacuation center
  • If your family will be staying at a public shelter during an evacuation, it’s important to know animals may not be allowed to stay with you
  • In some communities, evacuation shelters are located close to where pets are kept, but that’s not always the case
  • If they’re housed closely, you may have an opportunity to care for them yourself

If your animals are at the shelter, they’ll be happier and more comfortable if you have the items listed on the pet evacuation kit checklist

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