As firefighters and emergency personnel continue to battle the remaining wildfires in Colorado Springs many of the 32,000 residents who had previously been evacuated have been cleared to return home. Precautions should be taken for both humans and animals upon returning to a disaster zone and damaged. North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) and National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) offer tips that pet owners should be conscious of to ensure the safety of their pets.
In edition to safety tips NSALA and NMDR are providing emergency relief to those who have been evacuated from their homes by offering temporary shelter in their 45 foot Mobile Rescue Unit for displaced animals. Supplies are also being distributed, including cat and dog food and cat litter. The Mobile Unit is stationed at the El Paso County Disaster Recover Center, 105 North Spruce St, CO.
The Animal League’s Emergency and Disaster Rescue Program safely evacuates animals out of harm’s way. The team is ready at a moment’s notice to help save animals’ lives, whether they are responding to national emergencies or natural disasters.
Fire Evacuees Safety Tips When Returning Home With Your Pet
• When bringing your pet home, leave your pet in your vehicle while you inspect the home for damage. If there is any damage, keep your animal away from those areas.
• If you are returning to your home just to assess the damage and/or collect belonging, do not bring your animal with you.
• If you require a respirator to inspect your home, then your pet should not be in the home.
• Evaluate your environment. Make sure there is no standing water accessible to your pet because it could contain parasites. Always have fresh water available for your pet.
• Upon re-entering, clear the home of all sharp objects such as nails and broken glass that may injure your animal. If your animal does step on something and injures itself, take them to a veterinarian right a way to be examined.
• In these high heat temperatures, be aware of the signs of heat stress. Check your animal for signs of heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heart beat, restlessness, excessive thirst, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue and unconsciousness. Should you see any of these signs, consult a veterinarian immediately.
For more information please visit www.animalleague.org or www.milldogrescue.org .
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