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Include pets in fire escape plan

It is the time of year when Yavapai County residents finalize evacuation plans in case of wildfires. The inclusion of all pets needs to be part of that plan.

Emergency preparedness means being ready to evacuate within one hour. Anyone needing to evacuate should take their animals, large and small, with them.

"Don't Leave Home Without Them" is the message Animal Disaster Services stresses. Many residents are under the belief that emergency personnel will evacuate animals left behind. This is not true and it may not be possible in a natural disaster for anyone to return to homes in threatened areas.

ADS creates and maintains a shelter for animals whenever Yavapai County has an evacuation.

The volunteer group coordinates with Emergency Management Services of Yavapai County. Shelters are usually set up near Red Cross shelters.

For more information about ADS, visit or call Animal Disaster Services at 777-8736. The website has links for evacuation kits for animals, an equine emergency fire plan and evacuation preparedness information.

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