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Napa and Sonoma fire animal rescue: Shelter and rescue groups open doors for evacuated pets

As thousands flee the flames in the Napa and Sonoma areas, animal rescue groups are hustling to help pets by clearing shelters and finding them temporary homes, and at least one shelter has found itself among those needing to be evacuated.
The Milo Foundation’s Willits Sanctuary was forced to evacuate, bringing its animals to the Point Richmond shelter. Milo officials are asking for help to foster those pets. If you can foster a dog or cat, go to the Milo Foundation shelter at 220 S. Garrard Blvd., Point Richmond, call 510-900-2275 or go the group’s website .
Humane Society Silicon Valley is taking animals from the Petaluma Animal Shelter. A team from the organization was sent Monday to the shelter to transfer animals, some of which were dogs that had arrived recently from Louisiana as refugees of Hurricane Harvey.
The humane society planned to place large dogs in holding rooms and send the smaller ones to foster homes.
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Oakland-based Pet Food Express is collecting donations at its stores for the fire victims and their animals in Napa and Sonoma counties. The company is working with Napa Humane, Sonoma Animal Care and Control and Marin Humane, to make sure the groups have what they need.
Two deliveries were sent Monday from Oakland to Sonoma ACC and Marin Humane, and included food, litter and water and food bowls. The company has pledged to continue to provide supplies throughout the emergency.

Shelters for animals

Napa County Animal Shelter, 942 Hartle Court, Napa, will shelter dogs, cats, rabbits and other household animals. It also is looking for volunteers who can foster some pets as the shelter fills up.
Pets Lifeline Animal Shelter, 19686 Eighth St. East, Sonoma, 707-996-4577, is taking small pets.
Marin Humane is offering emergency board for animals already evacuated to Marin. Call 415-250-7009 for more information.
If you have large animals, they’ll be accepted at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road; Sonoma Valley High School FFA, 20000 Broadway, Sonoma; and at the Ukiah Fairgrounds, 1055 N. State St, Ukiah.

Tips for evacuating during an emergency

Keep your pet inside its kennel or cage. This is a very scary time for everyone, and the last thing you want is for your pet to run away, perhaps into danger.
Grab collars and leashes, and a small supply of food that will hold your pet over for a day or two.
Drinking water is important, especially for stressed animals.
If possible, grab their bed or a blanket to provide them with a familiar scent and to give them a designated spot.

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