Sunday, July 15, 2012
National Pet Fire Safety Day
Today is National Pet Safety Day and I want to say thank you to the firefighter and volunteers who are helping those affected by the wildfires in Colorado. The fires are affecting the area where I grew up and played with my first dogs so it holds a special place in my heart.
The Colorado wildfires forced 32,00 residents to evacuate their homes and may were left homeless with their pet unable to find a shelter top take them. The Johnson family, who operate Sunrise and Woodman kennels in Colorado Springs opened their kennel doors to animals displaced by the Waldo Canyon Fire. As of last week over 50 animals had been welcomed and as the evacuation continues more are expected.
The Johnson's are not charging evacuated residents but they are stockpiling food and accepting donations.
If you want to support the Johnson's efforts donations are being accepted through Petflow and if you use the coupon code BSTNSHOW you get $10 off your order of 59 or more. The dog food will be shipped directly to the Johnson's kennels. Donations are also accepted through PayPal. Click on send money, add amount and choose "Friends and Family" When Paypal asks for the email address of the recipient use email@example.com.
To keep your pets safe in case of emergency here are a few tips I picked up here and there.
Keep your pets near entrances when you aren't home and keep collars and leashes near the door in case firefighters need to rescue them.
Get a pet window cling for the front window of the house, these will alert rescue crews and save time. ASPCA has a pet safety pack you can order through their website. Clings are also available through www.adt.com/pets.
Know who will rescue who, choose one person in the house to be responsible for a pet in an emergency. make sure that each person knows where that pets hiding spot or "happy place" is. This is where you pet goes when they want to be left alone or are scared. Make sure that all smoke detectors are working and consider investing in carbon monoxide detectors as well.
Your dogs tags are not just to let you know where they are, keep them up to date and think about a microchip as well. Last have a bag packed with food water travel bowls and know where their medicine is to grab in an emergency.
A few minutes of preparation can pay off big in an emergency.