Colorado is home to BaxterBoo.com, and fires in the area are raging out of control, creeping into the suburbs, with people and pets being evacuated by the thousands. Pets are flooding the humane societies and rescues. It’s frightening to imagine, but disasters like fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding could be a reality for areas all over the country.
How can you help animals during disastrous events?
Be Proactive for Your Own Pets
Planning is imperative to ensure survival for vulnerable animals. Do you have current photos and identification on your animals in case you and your pets were to become separated? Have a pet first aid kit in your car and carriers available for transport. Keep dry and canned food available and comfort items in a tote that is ready to grab in case of evacuations. Include drinking water, bowls, cleaning products and spare litter or puppy pads along with a leash and harness in your emergency kit.
Help Others Take Care of Displaced Pets
The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has been flooded with pet evacuees from the Waldo Canyon Fire. Pets in cages occupy every corner as distraught guardians give tearful, temporary goodbyes. With this image in mind, if disaster should strike your community, consider calling local shelters and offer temporary housing, pet carriers, blankets, and food. Use social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to make friends aware that you are available to help since cellphone carriers are often overloaded and not working during crisis situations.
It takes a lot of money to care for displaced pets. Your local news outlets can alert you where pets are being housed and often report where assistance is needed. Let your friends in your social circles online know of the needs. Everything helps in these situations!
For more information about the Waldo Canyon Fire, visit http://www.gazette.com/articles/fire-140792-humane-pets.html
Have you ever been affected by a disaster and had to flee with your pets? Share your tips!
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