Animals left behind can be injured, fall ill, starve and hamper human evacuation and rescue efforts
Families that may have to evacuate are encouraged to:
If you are planning to stay with friends or family, confirm beforehand that your pets will be welcome or find a professional kennel safely out of the fire’s reach where you can board them.
“For both human and animal safety, people should never their pets behind when disaster strikes,” said UAN president Nicole Forsyth. “Animals left to fend for themselves during fires can suffer terribly, and evacuees can compound their own stress by worrying about the pets they left at home.”
Through its volunteer-driven Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS), UAN provides free temporary sheltering for communities that become overwhelmed by natural disasters or other crises. EARS volunteers are specially trained to set up and operate temporary animal shelters, where they feed and care for displaced animals until they can be reunited with their families or placed in new homes.
Founded in 1987, United Animal Nations focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and into care through a variety of programs, including emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services, financial assistance for urgent veterinary care and humane education.