SACRAMENTO, CA (June 25, 2007) – As a massive wildfire threatens the South Lake Tahoe area, United Animal Nations (UAN) is encouraging residents to take their pets with them if they evacuate. Animals left behind during natural disasters can get injured, fall ill, starve, die, 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 evacuees can compound their own stress by worrying about the pets they left behind,” said UAN president Nicole Forsyth. “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 flooding and fires in northern
Emergency management and animal control agencies in the South
can call United Animal Nations at (916) 429-2457 for assistance with animal-related issues.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alexis Raymond, (916) 429-2457.
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