If you have to evacuate because of the L.A. fires, do not forget about your pets

It’s not the end of the world, but 2017 is certainly making us feel like it is. For those being affected by the Los Angeles fires, this is especially true. So far, there have been as many as 150,000 evacuations along the San Fernando Valley, in part due to the Creek Fire with at least 265 schools affected. Unfortunately, there is little good news surrounding the topic as containment has been slow going due to uncooperative weather conditions, resulting in the blaze only being 10% contained as of Thursday morning. At the time of this article’s publication, the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, the largest of the four blazes, was only 5% contained.

Thankfully, there have been no reported deaths from the fires, but the Creek fire has unfortunately resulted in nearly 40 horses passing away at Rancho Padilla. Already, there has been at least one incident of an animal having to be saved from the fires. That number may soon grow.

For those who are being affected by the blaze rampaging the region, HelloGiggles has some quick tips for what to do when you have to evacuate with a loved one who happens to be a pet.

First, make sure you have your leash handy, whether it’s for a cat or a dog. It’s a stressful time, and your pet may end up panicking, but stay calm with a firm grip. Thankfully, there are evacuation shelters for animals, both large and small. Below, see a quick list of which ones are worth searching for.

◉ Pierce College: 6201 Winnetka Avenue (for horses and larger animals)

◉ Antelope Valley Fairgrounds: 2551 W. Avenue (for large animals)

◉ Sunland Park: 8651 Foothill Boulevard (for small animals)

◉ West Valley Animal Shelter: 20655 Plummer Street (for small animals)

◉ East Valley Animal Shelter: 14409 Vanowen Street (for small animals)

◉ Agoura Camp Bow Wow, 29348 Roadside Drive (for dogs)

If these shelters end up meeting capacity, search for other boarding facilities and hotels that allow pets.

Before you leave, be sure to bring food and any necessary medication, just like with humans. If your pet is panting due to the stress, that’s normal, but be sure to monitor them, especially for lethargy.

This last tip is obvious, but it is a must: Make sure they don’t get affected by smoke and ash in the air by keeping them hydrated and indoors as much as possible.

Stay safe! We wish you well!

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