As is well known we cats have 9 lives, but as I watched and read the news this week I shuddered to think of all those cats who may have lost a few, or all of them, to the horror of fire.
Animal Companions and livestock, from Birds to Rabbits and beyond have been affected by this tragedy, and efforts are under way to provide disaster relief:
1. The Ca. Vet Medical Ass.:
With the ferocious wildfires in Southern California and San Diego County, the CVMA wants to assure you that the CVMA Veterinary Disaster Response program is in effect. California veterinary professionals are responding to the wildfires in Southern California and San Diego County and many have contacted the CVMA. Do you need help? Supplies?Staff? Can you offer help? Is your practice taking animals?
Contact the California Vet Medical Ass.
2. Catnip and Carrots is a wonderful website I just learned about while getting in Daddy's way while he read the paper this morning during breakfast. ;-D
If your pets are evacuated due to the devastating wildfires, we are here to help you.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND!
Please contact us immediately for assistance.
Their main page is chock full of important stuff during these difficult days:
Info on safety and why you should keep your Animal Companions indoors.
Info on how you can make donations of various kinds.
A list of Evacuation Centers for Animal Companions, and small and large animals of all kinds, and word that many private vets are helping out as well.
3. VCA Animal Hospitals Offers Free Boarding for Pets Affected by Southern California Fires: Here is a comprehensive list.
4. Pet connection Blog has several posts worth of news reports and links to resources and info:
5. The Blog of Wayne Pacelle, of the Humane Society of the United States has several stories, and more resources:
10/24: Into the breach
10/25: Beating the blaze
There is undoubtably more such efforts going on.
Use the comments, or e-mail, to let me know of more.
***UPDATE - 10/27***
Daddy went to Petco, this morning, for food and litter and learned some things.
As usual I "helped" him read the papers during breakfast again, and spotted some new info, too!
1. The Irvine Animal Care Center is taking in small animals and can use supplies to help with animal care.
Call 949-724-7741, or bring items to 6443 Oak Canyon, in Irvine.
2. PETCO is asking its customers to "Help the Pets of the California Wildfires":
In efforts to assist animals affected by the devastating wildfires throughout Southern California, a nationwide Round Up campaign has been implemented at Petco Stores that will run from Wednesday, October 24 through Saturday, November 3.
PETCO customers are encouraged to "round up" their purchases to the next highest dollar. All funds go to alleviating the many challenges the animals and their guardians in Southern California will continue to face.
3. PETSMART is asking its customers to help with donations that will help "PetSmart Charities provide food, crates, litter, beds, and funds for medical supplies and vaccinations."
4. SPCA Los Angeles has a program it callS DART (Disaster Animal Response Team) that has sprung into action across Southern California:
DART is spcaLA’s mobile command post and emergency response team for disaster situations, such as fires or earthquakes. The DART program consists of an equipped mobile command center, portable kenneling, horse trailers, field rescue vehicles and trained staff and volunteers.
DART is designed to respond to disaster situations where evacuations are probable or underway.
Learn more, including how to donate, here.