Its Wildfire Season! 

July 11, 2018 - A few weeks ago, my husband and I were sitting down to eat lunch and noticed a huge smoke plume out our kitchen window.  Quickly, my husband went online to see that this was the start of the Marshes Flat fire. We saw that it was close to our friends who have both pets and livestock on Priest Coulterville Road.  This fire reminded me that it is important for all of us to have an evacuation plan for our animals and ourselves.

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Some important planning tips:

  • Have a carrier or kennel for each pet.  Make sure these can fit inside your vehicle.  Have them located in your home in an easily accessible place.
  • Place a collar on each animal that includes your contact information.  Also, consider a microchip for each animal.
  • Determine where you can evacuate to that will allow pets.  During the Rim Fire, my husband and I went to a pet friendly hotel in Manteca.  You can locate such hotels/motels at: OfficialPetHotels.com.
  • Make sure your animals are updated on their shots and have a copy of this paperwork on hand.  You may not need this for pet friendly hotels or motels, but evacuation facilities often require this documentation.  
  • If there is a wildfire in your area and evacuation warnings are imminent, consider confining pets to one room so that you can easily locate them if you need to evacuate quickly.  When you evacuate, take your pet, even if you think you will only be gone for a few hours.
  • Have food and supplies with you.
  • Evacuate early; do not wait for a mandatory evacuation order.
  • Do not plan to leave animals behind.  Historically, many animals left behind are injured, killed, or displaced.

The Northside Pet Connection’s main mission is to assist in the spay and neuter of cats and dogs throughout the Northside.  We do this by providing spay and neuter vouchers that greatly reduces the cost to pet owners. The towns we serve include: Groveland, Big Oak Flat, Coulterville, La Grange, Don Pedro and surrounding communities.

In June, the NPC distributed 35 spay and neuter vouchers and 6 medical vouchers.  All vet clinics do accept these vouchers which substantially reduces the cost of spay and neuter.

Please call (209) 732-6194 for requesting vouchers.  For Spanish speakers, please call (209) 852-9440. When making a request, please provide your name, phone number, mailing address, and how many vouchers are needed.  Messages are checked weekly.

On a sad note, a valued member and volunteer Carmel Petersen passed away last month.  She participated as membership chair and treasurer over the time I have worked with the NPC.  She organized several of the NPC annual dinners and fundraisers. She was a strong supporter of animal welfare in her community of Greeley Hill.

Please remember to support the Northside Pet Connection (NPC) by volunteering and/or donating.  You can help the NPC by adding it to your Mar Val Community card or Save Mart Shares card. There are also donation boxes in the towns that the NPC serves.  Finally, you can mail a tax-deductible donation to: Northside Pet Connection, PO Box 411, Coulterville, CA 95311.

Article by: Kathleen Morse, NPC President 

 As usual, thanks for your support of Northside Pet Connection, visit the website: npconnections.org for more information.

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