Plan for it!
A plan may be your best defense.
Choose an obvious location to leave the “Save our Pets” forms, where they can be found easily and protected from rain or wind. You could place them in a “zip” bag and tape to your door or attach a small mail box to an outside wall. When you call Animal Control to go to your home, tell them where they can find the information.
Should you be asked to evacuate during an emergency, such as a fire, many organizations are positioned to aid you, your family, and your animals. Activated by Jefferson County Animal Control, the animal related help (depending on the need) might come from several local organizations. Following are a few of the web sites of major or local organizations that provide information for disaster prepration for you and your family, including pets and livestock.
American Veterinary Medical Association
Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies
Evergreen Animal Protective League
Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Humane Society of the United States
Intermountain Humane Society
In addition, www.todayshorse.com/articles has information about training horses to load into trailers. Also, www.beststay.com andwww.petswelcome.com are two of many web sites that list pet-friendly lodging. Many of our local motels allow pets. Plan ahead which hotel or lodge you would go to and check their policy regarding animals.
EVERGREEN ANIMAL PROTECTIVE LEAGUE.
Trained volunteers will set up and maintain a temporary animal shelter for household pets, in close proximity to a Red Cross Shelter. Our telephone volunteers will answer your questions and direct your calls. (674-6442)
JEFFCO H.E.A.T. (Jefferson County Horse Evacuation Assistance Team.).
Trained volunteers that can remove and transport horses and larger livestock to safety. (303) 674-4669, 697-2185.
JEFFERSON COUNTY MOUNTED SEARCH AND RESCUE.
Trained volunteers that rescue horses and large animals. For information about this group, visit their web site, www.jeffcomountedsar.org.
JEFFERSON COUNTY HORSE COUNCIL.
The Horse Council cares for the horses and large livestock delivered to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds by rescue groups. Visit jeffcohorse.org.
ANIMAL EVACUATION VOLUNTEERS. (AEV)
Trained volunteers who can rescue and transport household pets using specially equipped trailers. (303) 838-4645, or visit www.animalEVAC.org
FOOTHILLS ANIMAL SHELTER.
Pets rescued from evacuated areas will be transported to Foothills Animal Shelter and held from harm’s way. (303) 278-7575. 580 McIntyre St., Golden, CO
JEFFERSON COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL.
Jefferson County’s disaster preparation is extensive, with the animal contingent of the County’s citizens being the responsibility of Jefferson County Animal Control. (303) 271-5070. www.animalcontrol.jeffco.us
INTERMOUNTAIN HUMANE SOCIETY.
Park County residents can receive help from IMHS. Visit their web site, www.imhs.org. (303) 838-2668.
YOU CAN HELP TOO!
Take advantage of the information provided by the organizations who can help, andMake your plan. Write it down. Review it.
Consider your concerns for privacy and decide if it is right for you to form a small group of neighbors, where one or two might have the phone numbers of relatives, work, or friends who could help (if you are away and an emergency arises), as well as information about your animals. Unfortunately, because most people do not keep the information current on the “Save Me” stickers for pets, the stickers are not helpful to animal rescue persons.
Volunteer. But do it now, while there are training opportunities. Most emergency rescue workers appreciate your offer for help at the time of the disaster, but if you are not trained, it isn’t likely they can accept your help. Visit web sites or call the phone numbers listed for information about volunteering.
Financially support the organization(s) of your choice. It will help them be there when they are needed.