Animal Evacuation & Sheltering
Saving the Whole Family
Most people consider pets a part of their family, so when a disaster strikes, some residents refuse to evacuate if it means they will have to leave their animal friends behind.
Josephine County is working hard to ensure that, as a county, we are all prepared to safely evacuate and take care of our pets and livestock in the case of a disaster. While the county provides guidance and some limited resources for animal owners, it is the owner’s responsibility to care for their animals during all phases of a disaster.
Individuals, facilities that house animals (such as kennels), and neighborhoods and communities are encouraged to create their own plan for the care of animals in the event of a disaster. An example of a community effort is the alternative sheltering sites for large animals the Applegate Animal Disaster Preparedness Committee has identified. Guidance for preparing animals for disasters can be found in the booklet Saving the Whole Family.
The Josephine County Animal Evacuation & Shelter Plan outlines the County’s response to animal evacuation and sheltering needs during an emergency. Companion documents to this manual are currently under construction and will include the Standard Operating Procedures for Companion Animal Shelter and the Standard Operating Procedures for Large Animal Shelter. These documents will provide the detail for how Josephine County shelters are to be set up and operated.
The appendices to the manual provide helpful information such as a list of hotels that are pet friendly, but it should be noted the information will change over time. Josephine County makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of the information and it should only be used as guidance.
Part of the preparedness effort also involves having volunteers who are ready and trained to help at a moment’s notice.
Three types of volunteers are needed to make the program a success:
- Evacuation Volunteers: Highly trained citizens who can transport and shelter small and large animals.
- Shelter Volunteers: People who can help at the temporary shelters by feeding, cleaning and caring.
- Facility Volunteers: People willing to temporarily house livestock at their personal facilities during a disaster.