With the wildfire season on the way at the end of the month officials with PETA or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has placed to large billboards in the area to remind pet lovers to not forget pets when forced to evacuate because of a wildfire. It's not like our area or the state isn't used to be wildfires like the Taylor Pond, Burbank, and Schneider Springs fires in 2020 and 2021. During the Schneider Springs fire many livestock owners worked together to rescue horses and other livestock. But PETA officials are hoping the evacuation will also include household pets from dogs to hamsters.

PETA says your evacuation plan needs to include pets

“Because animals left behind face agonizing injuries or death during a wildlife, the time to include them in worst-case scenario plans is right now, before disaster strikes,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “The climate catastrophe has made a protracted, more intense fire season the new norm, and PETA urges everyone to prepare for evacuation now and be ready to flee flames with the whole family.” PETA officials say "companion animals should never be left behind to fend for themselves during evacuations. They are no better equipped to survive a disaster than humans are. Be prepared. Put together an animal emergency kit in advance, with food, water, carriers, leashes, veterinary records, and anything else you need to keep your animals safe and comfortable during an evacuation. Make sure they’re wearing collars or harnesses with identification.
Confined horses and other animals can’t outrun wildfires. They should never be locked in their stalls or confined in any other way that would render them unable to flee. Anyone who sees animals in distress and is unable to help should note their locations and alert authorities immediately."

Have you seen the billboards?

The reminder digital billboards are located at 1022 E. Nob Hill Blvd. and on E. Yakima Avenue off I-82 in Yakima.

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