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CAL FIRE encourages pet preparedness during wildfire season

CAL FIRE officials are encouraging people to be prepared this wildfire season by making sure their pets are protected and putting together a to-go bag.

Posted: Jul 18, 2019 11:48 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - CAL FIRE officials are encouraging people to be prepared this wildfire season by making sure their pets are protected and putting together a to-go bag.

Both CAL FIRE and Pet Smart said the following items are crucial to have in a pet to-go bag: 

  • Prescriptions 
  • Food
  • Water
  • Feeding bowls
  • Vital pet documents
  • Anti-anxiety toys

Gilda Baker, a resident in Chico, has three cats and two dogs. She said she always keeps a to-go back right by her garage door for a quick escape. 

"We wanna make sure we have proper crates and we got them stacked by the garage door," she said. "We have extra dry food, extra litter, extra wet food so we can just throw it in the car and get them out and get them safe."

The ASPCA suggests getting a rescue alert sticker so firefighters know a pet is inside the home. The organization also suggests microchipping pets in case they get lost during an evacuation. 

For a full list of to-go bag tips, CLICK HERE. 

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