Animal care during an evacuation – are you ready?

Advanced planning is key to a successful evacuation

The Douglas County Fairgrounds is one of the team’s two primary shelters for animals in the event of a disaster.

What would happen to your pets or livestock if a disaster forced you and your animals to evacuate your home and property in an emergency?

With this question in mind, homeowners with animals are encouraged to make the time to develop a plan for animal care during an emergency evacuation — including the transport of large animals to a designated shelter should that become a needed action.

Good news is that The Douglas/Elbert County Animal Response Team (CART) can be part of the solution, as they exist to help in the boarding of large, small and domestic animals during times of evacuation caused by wildland fires and other natural and manmade disasters.

“In years past tornado warnings, heavy rains, hail, red-flag warnings and snowstorms have been part of lives here in Douglas County,” said Commissioner Lora Thomas. “While we as a County are here to help those in need, we also count on our residents to ready themselves, especially those with many animals in their care.”

There are primary shelters for evacuated animals located in both Douglas and Elbert counties that can provide shelter, food and veterinary care for animals ranging from chickens to dogs, llamas, horses, cattle and more. CART does not, however, provide shelter space for commercial livestock.

For more information on CART, or to view the County’s Disaster Preparedness Guide, visit the online home of the Douglas/Elbert County Animal Response Team, email DECART@douglas.co.us or call 303-814-4356.

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