What is the role of PetAid during a disaster?
PetAid Disaster Services does not coordinate animal evacuation and sheltering during a disaster. That responsibility falls to the local jurisdiction in charge of the incident.
Should the local jurisdiction order animal evacuation or make sheltering available, notice to the public should be provided on local television, radio or the jurisdiction’s website. Please remember that animal evacuation will not be conducted in areas that are a threat to human safety.
Animal evacuation and sheltering services are typically provided by trained volunteers and professionals. Our Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps, which is an initiative of PetAid Disaster Services, cannot utilize spontaneous volunteers. However, we encourage interested individuals to become a member to assist in the future. Click here for more information including training and credentialing requirements.
To provide general volunteer assistance or to donate goods, services or cash, please call your local 211.These trained volunteers will provide guidance on how to offer your time or resources. Please note that only that which is needed will be accepted.
We are aware that during a disaster that people wish to assist their community. Please recognize that the time to become involved is not during a disaster, but before. We encourage you to reach out to your local community to become a part of a professional, coordinated response effort. To develop your own personal preparedness plan, please review Colorado’s animal preparedness brochures for guidance.
PetAid Disaster Services Assisting in Colorado Wildfire Response
The Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (COVMRC) was activated on June 12 to assist with large and small animal care in the Black Forest Fire. PetAid Disaster Services assisted the Elbert County Office of Emergency Management, as well as El Paso and Douglas Counties, with animal evacuation and animal care needs as multiple fires continued to burn throughout Colorado.
PetAid Color ado has made great strides in helping our state become better prepared to deal with animal issues in disasters. At times like these, the training and preparation that has taken place become especially vital as emergency response teams mobilize. We are proud to partner with these first responders to ensure that the needs of the entire community are met in times of disaster.
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To learn more about the role PetAid Disaster Services plays in emergency situations, click here.
If you are a veterinarian or veterinary technician interested in joining the Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corp, click here.
Donations in support of PetAid Disaster Services are always welcome. To make a donation online, click here.