Animal evacuation experts from the pioneer in animal disaster assistance offer advice for evacuees, others, in disaster-prone areas
SACRAMENTO, CA (October 24, 2007) – United Animal Nations (UAN), the organization that pioneered disaster relief for animals 20 years ago and provided emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Southern California wildfires in 2003, is offering financial assistance grants of up to $500 to help victims of the devastating fires in Southern California care for their pets.
“When people lose their homes and everything they own in a fire, they often do not have the resources to pay for vet care for injured pets, or to board their pets temporarily until they find a new place to live,” said UAN President & CEO Nicole Forsyth. “Through our LifeLine Crisis Relief Grant program, we can relieve families of the stress of caring for their pets so they can focus on rebuilding their lives.”
Thanks to a LifeLine Crisis Relief Grant, a vet was able to treat Spike, who was trapped in the fire but miraculously survived with burns to 90 percent of his body.
UAN’s LifeLine Crisis Relief Grants can help fire victims with expenses for the following:
UAN will offer qualified individual applicants up to $500 as long as funds are available. Since UAN’s LifeLine Crisis Relief Grant Program is supported solely by private donations, individuals can help keep services flowing to evacuees and their pets in need with donations by donating to UAN’s Disaster Relief Fund .
To get eligibility information and apply for a LifeLine Crisis Relief Grant,
visit www.uan.org or call (916) 429-2457.
Through its volunteer-driven Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS), UAN has provided emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services during some of the nation’s most severe disasters. In addition to those named above, UAN also responded to Hurricanes Bret, Dennis and Floyd in 1999; the
Download an informational flier in Spanish [PDF].
UAN ALSO OFFERS THE FOLLOWING PET HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS FOR EVACUEES:
PET DISASTER SAFETY TIPS
Major natural disasters often cause people in unaffected areas to think about what would do if disaster struck close to home. To that end, UAN offers the following tips for including animals in family emergency planning:
1. Identify evacuation locations
If a disaster forces you from your home, always bring your animals with you. Identify pet-friendly hotels, boarding kennels, ranches and loved ones outside of your immediate area that could accommodate your pets. Practice loading your animals into your vehicle so they aren’t frightened when the real thing happens. Remember, most shelters for humans cannot accept pets due to local health department regulations.
2. Identify pets with tags and permanent microchips
A microchip, a tiny tracking device, is the single best way to reunite lost pets with their families. Inserting a microchip is as quick and easy as giving a vaccination; veterinarians and many animal control agencies offer the service. Make sure to update your microchip information if you move, get a new phone number or change emergency contacts.
3. Start a buddy system
If fire strikes while you are not home, your animals could be stranded behind disaster lines. Exchange keys and disaster plans with a trusted neighbor who can remove your animals in case of an evacuation. Make sure your buddy is familiar with the species of animals that you have, and with your pets in particular.
4. Assemble a disaster kit for each pet
A disaster kit contains food, water, medication and other supplies you may not be able to get if roads and business are closed. Assemble a disaster kit for each animal in your household and keep it near an exit so you can easily grab it if forced to leave.
5. Take photos of you with your pets
If you are separated from your pets, photographs can prove ownership if you must reclaim them from a shelter. Keep copies of these photos in your wallet and in your disaster kit.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alexis Raymond, (916) 429-2457.
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