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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


Eagle Fern Veterinary Hospital

585 N.W. Zobrist St., Estacada


VCA 12-Mile Animal Hospital

21920 S.E. Stark St., Gresham

free boarding for evacuees, dogs and cats as space permits


Green Acres K9 Resort

26075 S.E. 257th Ave., Boring


CountrySide Pet Spa

7769 S.E. 282nd Ave., Gresham


Mt. Hood Pet Resort

17440 Meinig Ave., Sandy

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


Large animals:

Eagle Fern Equine Hospital in Estacada


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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