Re­sources for peo­ple with pets caught up in the Camp fire

The Mercury News - - Local News - By Joan Mor­ris jmor­ris@ ba­yare­anews­group.com Con­tact Joan Mor­ris at 925-977-8479.

RedRover, a group that re­sponds in emer­gen­cies to as­sist pet res­cue groups and pet own­ers, has com­piled a list of pet-friendly shel­ters (redrover.org/news/cafires) for those who have evac­u­ated or lost their homes in the Camp, Hill and Woolsey wild­fires in North­ern and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

The web­site also in­cludes links to the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on fires, how to mark your­self and your pets as “safe” on so­cial me­dia, links to emer­gency ve­teri­nar­i­ans and a way to ap­ply for emer­gency funds for vet care. And the emer­gency plan­ning tips will be use­ful to any pet owner.

Shel­ters that ac­cept small an­i­mals in Butte County

• Old County Hospi­tal, 2279 Del Oro Ave., Oroville

• Chico Air­port, 150Air­park Boule­vard, Chico

Shel­ters for large an­i­mals

• Butte County Fair­grounds, 199 E. Hazel Street, Gri­d­ley

• Rolling Hills Casino Eques­trian Cen­ter off High­way 5 in Corn­ing

• VCA An­i­mal Hospi­tals of­fer free board­ing for pets dis­placed by the fires in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Pet own­ers who need help board­ing their pets are en­cour­aged to find a hospi­tal near them and call for board­ing avail­abil­ity.

Evac­u­a­tion tips

If you need to evac­u­ate, RedRover of­fers this ad­vice:

• Take your pets with you. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them and chances are high that you won’t be per­mit­ted back into an evac­u­a­tion area to re­trieve or care for them.

• Never leave a pet chained out­doors.

• If you are go­ing to a pub­lic shel­ter, it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand that an­i­mals may not be al­lowed in­side. Plan in ad­vance for shel­ter al­ter­na­tives that will work for both you and your pets. Con­sider fam­ily or friends out­side of your im­me­di­ate area who would be will­ing to host you and your pets in an emer­gency.

• The key to sur­vival dur­ing a dis­as­ter or emer­gency is to be as pre­pared as pos­si­ble be­fore trou­ble strikes. Take the time to make a plan and as­sem­ble an emer­gency kit for you and your pet, and you will greatly in­crease your pet’s chances of sur­vival.

• If you can leave the im­me­di­ate area, but have no place to go, look for a pet-friendly ho­tel or mo­tel at PetFriend­lyTravel.com. Some ho­tels and mo­tels will tem­po­rar­ily sus­pend their re­stric­tions in times of emer­gency.

• If pos­si­ble, bring a leash and col­lar, a crate, a twoweek sup­ply of food and wa­ter, your pets’ vac­ci­na­tion records and a cur­rent ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion tag, med­i­ca­tions and writ­ten in­struc­tions for feed­ing and ad­min­is­ter­ing med­i­ca­tion. If you have cats, you’ll also need kitty lit­ter and an ap­pro­pri­ate con­tainer.

Ways to help

If you are not af­fected by the fires but want to help, Car­ing Choices, an emer­gency vol­un­teer cen­ter at 1398 Ridge­wood Ave., Chico, is look­ing for help at pet-friendly shel­ters. Call 530-899-3873 for more in­for­ma­tion.

The Chico Peace and Jus­tice Cen­ter, 526 Broad­way St., Chico, is ac­cept­ing do­na­tions for vic­tims of the fire. They are in need of food, blan­kets, wa­ter and cloth­ing items. RedRover is a found­ing mem­ber of the Na­tional An­i­mal Res­cue and Shel­ter­ing Coali­tion that was es­tab­lished after Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina.

Dur­ing RedRover’s 31-year his­tory, the group and its vol­un­teer emer­gency work­ers have re­sponded to more than 190nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and other crises in­clud­ing Hur­ri­canes Florence, Har­vey and Ka­t­rina, the Carr and Wall fires and many more.

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