Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pets and People In Disasters: Notes on the California Wildfires

For those who are following this story, the BBC has some video updates about the California wildfires. Here is a list of Fire information, road closures, evacuation centers and animal shelters that are available for people being forced from their homes due to the wildfires.

Here are some tips from "When pets must evacuate" at latimes.com.

The LA Times reports:

In fire disasters, the issue of how to safeguard family pets, horses and other animals invariably arises. Below, Patrick Franks, 11, hugs his dog, Scamp, while taking a break from digging for salvageable items in the ruins of his family’s Yorba Linda home. “He’s the first thing I rescued,” said Patrick, recounting how his family evacuated as flames shot up the back side of their house.

Pet Connection states that:
Many times positive changes come out of the most trying of times. That is certainly true when it comes to animals in the post-Katrina era of disaster response. Authorities now know that helping people evacuate with their animals is a life-saver not only for animals but also for people. That’s because many people will not leave their animals behind.

Their website also offers a Pet Emergency Plan

Good luck,


Below, you will see some photos on animal rescue efforts by Humane Society. To see their videos from the scene go to the Humane Society Video website, and type in "wildfires + California"

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