Urgent: Wildfire Survival Tips for Animals

For Immediate Release:
April 7, 2022

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

As wildfire season approaches, residents of Western states can expect evacuations and animal companions are at risk and likely to die if left behind. PETA is sharing tips to keep animals safe.

  • Animals must never be left behind. Anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons animals to fend for themselves may be prosecuted.
  • During evacuations, small animals such as cats, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, and gerbils should be placed securely in carriers (birds should be covered) and dogs should be kept on a secure harness and leash. Humans should take enough food for animal companions to last several days.
  • Horses, sheep, cows, llamas, and other animals should never be locked in stalls or otherwise confined, unable to flee from flames. If it’s impossible to remove them, they should be freed to attempt to survive. Anyone who sees animals in danger or distress should assist if possible but, if unable to help, should note their exact locations and alert authorities

PETA has released a wildfire-preparedness PSA featuring Dean Winters. PETA also offers a video about keeping animal companions safe during fires. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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