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Community resources for pet owners in fire area

Experts in disaster preparedness always recommend being prepared for an emergency before one befalls you and your family.

But when you have a pasture, barn or even beloved four-legged family pets, knowing what to do and where to take them during an emergent time only adds to the emotional upheaval of the situation.

Barlow Trail Veterinary Clinic’s Administrator Shan (pronounced Sean) Hill advises anyone with dogs or cats to prepare an evacuation bag for your small animal no different than you would for yourself.

“There are three important things to remember,” Hill said. “First, is their diet. They’re already going to be stressed out, so the last thing you want to do is change their food. Make sure you take that with you. Second, is any medication they’re taking. Make sure it’s identified clearly and includes any special instructions. And animals are just like humans — they need something familiar that smells like home. If they have a favorite blanket, toy or bed, remember to take that too.”

For those facing either voluntary or mandatory evacaution in the areas threatened by the 36 Pit Fire in Estacada, here’s a list of several local veterinary clinics and boarding facilities on stand-by to take in large and small animals unable to accompany their owners. Boarding fees apply unless otherwise noted.

Small animals

Barlow Trail Veterinary Clinic

39231 Proctor Blvd., Sandy

503-668-4137

Eagle Fern Veterinary Hospital

585 N.W. Zobrist St., Estacada

503-630-3538

VCA 12-Mile Animal Hospital

21920 S.E. Stark St., Gresham

free boarding for evacuees, dogs and cats as space permits

503-665-1109

Green Acres K9 Resort

26075 S.E. 257th Ave., Boring

503-974-1713

CountrySide Pet Spa

7769 S.E. 282nd Ave., Gresham

503-663-3370

Mt. Hood Pet Resort

17440 Meinig Ave., Sandy

dogs only; vaccination requirements for boarding will be waived for evacuees

503-668-8900

Large animals:

Eagle Fern Equine Hospital in Estacada

503-630-4558

Practice manager Viviana Burgos has trailers on hold, ready to transport horses, cows, sheep, goats, llamas and Aplacas, as well as resources for boarding.

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