Wildfire season may be delayed this year, but it becomes more of a danger to Northern Nevada residents with each warming month.
PETA is offering Carson City area residents important advice for including companion animals in their wildfire preparedness plans.
The following information could help save the lives of cats, dogs, companion birds, and other animals who should be included in evacuation plans:
• In the event that your area is evacuated, never leave companion animals behind to fend for themselves. They aren't any better equipped to survive disasters than humans are.
• Know your destination ahead of time. Shelters for human victims don't often allow animals, but motels in the area will probably accept them in an emergency. Call destinations in advance and find out which ones will accommodate you and your animals. Never leave animals unsupervised in a car; they can panic and try to escape or suffer from heatstroke once ambient temperatures rise above 70 degrees, even if water is provided and the windows are slightly open.
• Place small animals in secure carriers. Dogs should be leashed with harnesses because frightening sounds and unfamiliar surroundings may make them bolt and strangle. Take water and food bowls, your animal's favorite toy or blanket, a towel, and enough food for at least one week.
• Make sure that dogs and cats are microchipped and put legible ID tags with your phone number on them so that your companions can be found in case they get separated from you.
• Visit PETA.org for additional disaster-preparedness tips.