Sacramento, CA (April 20, 2006) – As rain, snow melt and ice break-ups continue to fill waterways within Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland, increasing the risk of severe flooding, United Animal Nations (UAN) is encouraging residents to bring their pets with them if they evacuate. Animals left behind during floods can get injured, fall ill, starve, drown, and hamper human evacuation and rescue efforts. Families who must evacuate are encouraged to:
“Animals left to fend for themselves during disasters suffer terribly, and their caregivers often compound their stress because they are so worried about their pets,” said Colleen Bailey, Canadian Regional Director for UAN’s Emergency Animal Rescue Service. “For both human and animal safety, it is vital that every family include their animals in their evacuation plans.”
Through its volunteer-driven Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS), UAN provides free emergency sheltering and disaster relief services for animals in communities that become overwhelmed by natural disasters or other crises. Since 1987, UAN has responded to 70 disasters, including three floods and two fires in the Sacramento region. With more than 2,600 EARS volunteers in the United States and Canada, UAN can provide the following services to communities in need:
Emergency management and animal control agencies in Canada can call UAN at (916) 429-2457 for assistance.
Now celebrating its 20th year, United Animal Nations (UAN) is North America’s leading provider of emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services and a key advocate for the critical needs of animals.