VCA Animal Hospitals throughout northern California are offering free boarding assistance for small animals, including dogs, cats, birds and pocket pets, to families impacted by the area wildfires, including the Carr, Ferguson, Mendocino and Lake County fires. VCA says it is proud that, despite the disastrous effects of the Carr Fire in the Redding area, two hospitals who were not directly in the evacuation zone remained open to care for the needs of patients.
“Following the initial days of this devastating situation, our teams from all three local hospitals are proud to have cared for over 300 displaced pets and will continue to welcome more as long as space is available,” said Art Antin, chief operating officer of VCA Animal Hospitals. “All of us are concerned for the welfare of families and their pets across Northern California and are ready to help those in need.”
Boarding assistance at participating Northern California VCA Animal Hospitals is based on space availability. Pets should be current on vaccinations, but in case they are not, VCA veterinarians will update vaccinations free of charge. VCA will also offer a free health assessment exam for pets that have been evacuated or displaced because of the fires. Pet owners who have been evacuated due to the fires and need help boarding their pets are encouraged to contact the Northern California VCA hospital nearest them to check on availability.
“We recognize the valuable work being done by Animal Rescue Foundation and have donated $20,000 for an x-ray machine that will assist in the fire relief,” said Brandon Antin, vice president of Social Responsibility & Innovation. “From the August 1 to August 30, VCA hospitals will be fundraising with VCA Charities to support the animal relief organizations who have come together to aid animals across Northern California.”