SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Animal
Nations (UAN), the organization that pioneered disaster relief for animals
20 years ago and provided emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief
services during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Southern California
wildfires in 2003, is offering financial assistance grants of up to $500 to
help victims of the devastating fires in Southern California care for their
"When people lose their homes and everything they own in a fire, they
often do not have the resources to pay for vet care for injured pets, or to
board their pets temporarily until they find a new place to live," said UAN
President & CEO Nicole Forsyth. "Through our LifeLine Crisis Relief Grant
program, we can relieve families of the stress of caring for their pets so
they can focus on rebuilding their lives."
UAN's LifeLine Crisis Relief Grants can help fire victims with expenses
for the following:
-- Veterinary care to treat injury or illness caused by the fire
-- Temporary boarding
-- Transporting the animal to a temporary living situation
UAN will offer qualified individual applicants up to $500 as long as
funds are available. Since UAN's LifeLine Crisis Relief Grant Program is
supported solely by private donations, individuals can help keep services
flowing to evacuees and their pets in need with donations to the Disaster
Relief Fund by visiting www.uan.org.
To get eligibility information and apply for a LifeLine Crisis Relief
Grant, visit www.uan.org or call (916) 429-2457.
Through its volunteer-driven Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS),
UAN has provided emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services
during some of the nation's most severe disasters. In addition to those
named above, UAN also responded to Hurricanes Bret, Dennis and Floyd in
1999; the Midwest floods in 1993, Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and dozens more.
UAN ALSO OFFERS THE FOLLOWING PET HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS FOR EVACUEES:
Give temporary identification for your pet. If you are staying at a
shelter, hotel or other temporary site, a temporary identification tag with
your current location information and a cell phone number or other number
where you can be reached will help you find your pet if you get separated.
Put safety first. If you are in an unfamiliar place, especially a hotel
or large evacuation shelter, you will encounter many animals, people and
children who may have varied experience with animals. Animals can be easily
frightened in stressful situations and may become aggressive or defensive.
Keep your pet restrained in a carrier or crate or on a leash at all times
and avoid having your pet come in direct contact with other pets when
Watch for signs of illness. Stress or eating different food can cause
diarrhea in pets, especially dogs. If your dog is experiencing loose
stools, make sure that fresh water is available at all times. Take dogs out
for frequent, short walks. If their normal food is unavailable, supplement
their food with white rice and cottage cheese. If the problem persists,
consult a veterinarian.
Comfort your pet. Give your pets extra reassurance and attention to
help keep them calm. Some animals may find toys, especially long-lasting
chew toys, comforting. Your animals will appreciate your calm presence and
soft, comforting voice, and you may find it comforting to spend time with
Seek assistance. If you find you are unable to care for your pet
because of destruction of or damage to your residence, United Animal
Nations is offering LifeLine Crisis Relief Grants to assist pet owners with
vet care, temporary boarding and transportation. Learn more at www.uan.org
or call (916) 429-2457.
PET DISASTER SAFETY TIPS
Major natural disasters often cause people in unaffected areas to think
about what would do if disaster struck close to home. To that end, UAN
offers the following tips for including animals in family emergency
1. Identify evacuation locations
If a disaster forces you from your home, always bring your animals with
you. Identify pet-friendly hotels, boarding kennels, ranches and loved ones
outside of your immediate area that could accommodate your pets. Practice
loading your animals into your vehicle so they aren't frightened when the
real thing happens. Remember, most shelters for humans cannot accept pets
due to local health department regulations.
2. Identify pets with tags and permanent microchips
A microchip, a tiny tracking device, is the single best way to reunite
lost pets with their families. Inserting a microchip is as quick and easy
as giving a vaccination; veterinarians and many animal control agencies
offer the service. Make sure to update your microchip information if you
move, get a new phone number or change emergency contacts.
3. Start a buddy system
If fire strikes while you are not home, your animals could be stranded
behind disaster lines. Exchange keys and disaster plans with a trusted
neighbor who can remove your animals in case of an evacuation. Make sure
your buddy is familiar with the species of animals that you have, and with
your pets in particular.
4. Assemble a disaster kit for each pet
A disaster kit contains food, water, medication and other supplies you
may not be able to get if roads and business are closed. Assemble a
disaster kit for each animal in your household and keep it near an exit so
you can easily grab it if forced to leave.
5. Take photos of you with your pets
If you are separated from your pets, photographs can prove ownership if
you must reclaim them from a shelter. Keep copies of these photos in your
wallet and in your disaster kit.
Now celebrating its 20th year, United Animal Nations (UAN) is North
America's leading provider of emergency animal sheltering and disaster
relief services and a key advocate for the critical needs of animals.
SOURCE United Animal Nations