VCA Animal Hospitals had select VCA hospitals offer free boarding assistance for small animals, including dogs, cats, birds and pocket pets, to families who are impacted by a dangerous southern California wildfire. The Canyon Fire, which started on the border of Orange and Riverside counties, raged as firefighters tried to save hundreds of threatened homes in an evacuated neighborhood.
“Our thoughts are with the many families who are being impacted by these devastating wildfires,” said Art Antin, chief operating officer of VCA Animal Hospitals. “We are extending free boarding for pets that have been displaced by the fires so families can be assured their animals are safe and be able to focus on their priorities during this critical time.”
Boarding assistance at participating southern California VCA hospitals was based on space availability. Pets had to be current on vaccinations, but in case they weren’t, VCA veterinarians updated vaccinations free of charge. VCA also offered a free health assessment exam for pets that have been evacuated or displaced because of the fires.
In the proximity of the Canyon fire, local VCA hospitals included:
VCA Acacia Animal Hospital and Pet Resort in Escondido and VCA Yorba Regional Animal Hospital in Anaheim.
All animals who were boarded are now home.
VCA Animal Hospitals also has select VCA hospitals in Southeast Texas offering free boarding assistance for small animals, including dogs, cats, birds and pocket pets affected by Hurricane Harvey, such as Abby and Skipper (pictured above).