With the High Park fire still blazing just north of Denver, we here at Pet Scoop cannot help but to think of all the displaced dogs. We DOO have a soft spot for those furry friends of ours. We wanted to share some information on preparing for those unforeseen natural disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Below are also links to sites to help those animals displaced by the current fire.
Here are some items to think about to ensure your pets’ safety:
- Dogs and cats should always be microchipped and wear current ID tags. This can make reuniting easier if you are separated from your pets.
- You should learn pet first aid and CPR, because if roads are blocked, emergency crews may not be able to help right away.
- Try not to show stress or anxiety. Many animals can sense stress, which can cause pets to display aggression.
- Make sure pet structures are secure. A kennel gate can swing open during an earthquake, or dog houses may have exposed nails that can cause injuries. Check your pet’s housing and favorite hiding places for hazardous debris.
- Display a “Pet Alert” sticker or sign on the doors and windows of your home so rescuers know animals are inside. If you leave with your pet during a disaster, hang an “Animal Evacuated” sign so emergency crews can go where assistance is needed.
- Keep vaccinations current in case your pet must stay in a shelter with other animals and be exposed to infectious diseases.
- Alert local shelters immediately if your pet is missing.
Pet parents should also assemble a kit which includes the following:
- Your pets’ current vaccination records
- Your veterinarian’s contact information
- Photos of your pets in case you are separated from them
- Collars, leashes and carriers for safe transport
- At least a three-week supply of your pets’ regular food and bottled water
- Bowls, a can opener and utensils for feeding your pets
- Treats and toys to comfort your pets
- A first-aid kit that includes antiseptic, topical ointment, dressing, prescribed medications and a pet first-aid book
- A soft muzzle
- A blanket or towels
- Disposable baggies to pick up after dogs
- Cat litter, scooper and a temporary litter box, such as a disposable, aluminum-foil pan
- A trusted friend or neighbor who will get your pets to safety in case you are away during a disaster
- A back-up plan to board animals in an emergency
The American Red Cross does not allow pets in its shelters except for service animals. Red Cross officials advise that you check pet policies with local motels and ask if they will waive their restrictions in an emergency. Pet parents should keep a list of pet-friendly places, including boarding facilities, veterinarians and local shelters with 24-hour phone numbers. Shelters should be a last resort, since they may be overwhelmed during disasters.
Links to help those displaced by the High Park fire:
Cool Berry Frozen Yogurt locations of Loveland, Windsor and Fort Collins will accept monetary donations and all kinds of pet food for the Larimer Humane Society.
Dickinson Electric will be collecting monetary donations daily for the Larimer Humane Society. Drop by or send donations to 1175 E. Second St. Call 970-669-1389 for details.
Loveland Dog Club is taking donations of dog food and cat food at 224 E. 29th St., according to Maggie Lamp. For details, call 970-663-3647.