As the California fires continue to burn, two deaths have already been reported and more than three dozen have been injured including 18 firefighters. 

President Bush has declared a state of emergency for much of California and authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief.

So, what are California pet owners doing to keep their pets safe?  And how can pet owners everywhere prepare for future natural disasters? 

Yesterday, Reuters and Yahoo News reported that

Some 8,000 people, including senior citizens from nursing homes, went to the Qualcomm stadium, where the San Diego Chargers football team plays, or to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, famed for its horse racing track. Thousands of horses and family pets were also accommodated.

The PetConnection Blog kindly shared with us that VCA Animal Hospitals is offering free boarding for companion animals whose families have been evacuated or displaced as a result of the current firestorms.    They also reported that the San Diego Del Mar Fairgrounds cannot take any more horses but they are taking displaced families with pets.

And finally, please remember www.PetHealthAlert.com, free medical alert ID tags and National Pet Health Registry for pets who are lost or displaced during natural disasters.  PetHealthAlert.com was started as a way to help pets, after we all saw how Hurricane Katrina affected pets and pet owners in Louisiana. PetHealthAlert.com also offers SAVE OUR PETS window stickers, a quick and easy way to notify rescue workers and firefighters that pets are inside your home in the event of a natural disaster. 

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