The SPCA for Monterey County was the very first animal welfare agency in the United States to partner with the American Red Cross and shelter pets adjacent to human evacuation shelters during disasters. We continue that commitment today with concrete partnerships with our local Red Cross and a seat at the Office of Emergency Services. During the 2008 wildfires we evacuated and sheltered over 500 animals.
Contact us at 831-373-2631 if you have questions or need assistance with emergency pet or livestock evacuations during disasters.
Pet ownership requires a great deal of knowledge, time, patience and love. Many animal owners may not always consider the need to plan for their pets in the event of a disaster. A little planning and awareness before a disaster occurs can prevent tragedies afterwards.
The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services (OES) recommends that people should be prepared for disasters by taking the necessary steps to care for themselves for a minimum of 72 hours (but preferably at least seven days) after a disaster occurs. This includes planning for no electricity or phone communications, as well as the possibility that services such as police, fire and ambulance will be extremely limited. This recommendation should also extend to all pets and livestock. If you are given an order to evacuate, please take your pets and livestock with you. Any situation that is dangerous for you is also dangerous for your animals.
The following recommendations are based on the SPCA for Monterey County’s experiences assisting animal owners during and after fires, floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Pet owners should take a few simple measures to prepare for disasters.
Planning ahead for disasters can save lives and make a very stressful situation less severe. Please call the SPCA at 831-373-2631 if you would like to schedule a disaster preparedness presentation please contact us.