Humane Society Provides Temporary Shelter for Pets During Wildfire Evacuations
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – As wildfires erupt and prompt evacuations in southern Colorado, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region promises to support pet owners during these chaotic times.
The Humane Society says it will accept pets in need of temporary shelter during mandatory evacuations.
“We have a plan in place where when we have fires in our own community, we can create space for people affected by those fires and evacuated, but who may not have a place to go. with their pets, can bring them here,” said Cody Costra, public relations manager for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak area. “We can look after them so they have a safe place and loving where to stay while they can’t be home.”
Depending on the situation, your pet may only need a few hours at the Humane Society before evacuation orders are lifted. However, the shelter says it is also open to welcoming pets overnight.
“We had a few animals that arrived last week, and luckily our firefighters here in Colorado Springs got those fires under control pretty quickly, so these animals didn’t stay here very long,” Costra said. “They went back to their families in a day or two.
The Humane Society says they will take any pet, including fish, lizards, birds and rabbits.
If your pet becomes detached and runs away during the chaotic evacuation, call the Humane Society. Your dog or cat may have been recovered by their animal law enforcement team.
“Our animal enforcement team will be watching for stray animals to roam the fire areas,” Costra said. “If you need to leave and your animal is still at your home, our animal enforcement team can visit homes in those evacuated areas and they can also check on and try to rescue your animal for you.”
During evacuations, HSPPR recommends checking their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. Although the shelter is generally the place where pets are accepted, the location can sometimes change depending on the situation and where the fire is burning.
It’s also a good idea to have a “carry bag” ready for your pets in case of an evacuation. The Humane Society recommends having extra food and water, leashes, and medical records like vaccination cards in the bag.