Group Warns Against Leaving Animals Behind to Fend for Themselves
Clinch County, Ga. - Following news of a wildfire in Clinch County, PETA
is offering important advice for ensuring the safety of animal
* In the event that your area is evacuated, never leave
companion animals behind to fend for themselves. They aren't any better
equipped to survive disasters than humans are.
* Know your destination ahead of time. Shelters often do not
accept animals, but motels in the area will probably accept cats, dogs,
and other small animals in an emergency. Call destinations in advance,
and find out which ones will accommodate you and your animals. Do not
plan to leave animals unsupervised in a car; they can suffer from
heatstroke once ambient temperatures rise above 70 degrees, even if
water is provided and the windows are slightly open.
* Place small animals in secure carriers. Dogs should be leashed
with harnesses because frightening sounds and unfamiliar surroundings
may make them bolt and get strangled. Take water and food bowls, your
animal's favorite toy or blanket, a towel, and enough food for at least
* Put ID tags on your animals so that your companions can be
found in case they get separated from you.