South Lake Fire Safe Council
Pet Evacuation and Animal Rescue
Before the Fire:
Determine the best location to take your pet.  If you are unsure where to go, ask your veterinarian or CVMA (California Veterinary Medical Association.)
Prepare your Pet Emergency Kit (containing non-spill bowls, leashes and collars, water in plastic containers, dry food in waterproof containers, first aid kit for pets, blanket, medical records and a photo in a sealed plastic bag, medications, newspaper, paper towels, disinfectants, plastic bags, cat box and litter.)
Be sure that each pet has identification.  Keep current photos with you.
Familiarize your pet with a portable kennel or cage.
During the Fire:
Stay calm, follow your emergency plan.
Take your pets with you if you are asked to evacuate.
After the Fire:
Do not allow pets outside unattended.  Familiar scents and landmarks may have been altered causing pets to become easily confused or lost. 
Be cautious of local wildlife.  Do not try to rescue or handle local wildlife.
In any pets are lost, call CVMA immediately, and visit shelters every other day.
Create a flyer with current photo and detailed description of your pet.
Be prepared to show identification and proof of ownership to claim your pet.
Disaster Planning for Large Animals
Determine the best location for animal confinement
Always keep a three-day supply of food and water on hand.
Contact the Lake County Sheriff's Department for shelter information.
Photograph, identify, and inventory your animals.  Permanent identification such as brand, tattoo, ear tag, or microchip is recommended.
Keep vaccination and medical records in a sealed plastic bag.
Keep vehicles full of gas, and ready at all times.  Coordinate with neighbors.
Prepare your emergency kit, containing enough supplies to last 2-3 days.  (Portable radios, batteries, plastic trash can with lid, water buckets, stored feed, ropes and halters, first aid items, tarps, portable generators, flashlights, lime or bleach, wire cutters, and a sharp knife.)
Evacuate as early as possible, take all records and 2-3 days of feed with you.
If you have to leave your animals, leave enough water and hay for 2-3 days.
Check pastures for downed power lines, fences, fallen trees, and debris.
Use caution when approaching stray or loose animals.
Contact CVMA if you find a stranded or stray animal.
If you have lost an animal, contact shelters, neighbors, and local veterinarians.
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