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500 NW 6th Street, Dept 6
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: 541-474-5300
Contact: Jessica Schwarz
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Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Caring for Animals

WA mission
pup on a mission
If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster.

The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, earthquake or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.

If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.

If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.



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This guide will help you plan for your companion animals.

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Part of having a plan is knowing where you can take your pets

PDF -   JOSEPHINE CO ANIMAL RESPONSE PLAN 2014.PDFSpacer(358.3KB)
In July of 2014 the Board of County Commissioners approved this Animal Response Plan.

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Options for boarding your pets

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Additional resources from the 2014 Josephine County Animal Response Plan

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Brought to you by Ready.gov this easy to reference two page guide will help you prepare for your pets

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For Livestock owners this is a must read
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