After the Fire
If you are insured contact your insurance company or agent as soon as possible.
If your home is unlivable and you are covered by renters or home owners insurance consult with your insurance company or agent about "Additional Living Expenses" your pet's well being should be covered as well under the "ALE" which will cover your pet to stay in boarding facility if you cannot find a place for your pet to stay such as with a friend or family member.
If you do not have renters or home owners insurance and your pet does not have a place to stay such as friend or family member contact Companion Pets in Crisis at 623-777-9299, CPIC does provide Emergency Temporary Shelter for your pets until you can arrange a safe place to stay with your pet(s).
Arizona has a tether law which prohibits tethering animals with a rope, chain or leash that is 10 feet or less to a stationary object. Animals can’t be tethered at all during a storm or when the heat exceeds 100 degrees.
If you find yourself in a situation that you can no longer care for your pet reach out to your friends and family to find someone to care for your pet, or take ownership. If your unable to find a new home for your pet contact local rescue groups and or Arizona Humane Society. Posting a pet on craigslist is not a good idea. Always ask for a rehoming fee if you place an ad. Surrendering your pet to kill shelter has no guarantee that your pet will be placed up for adoption due to space is limited.
Pets involved in house fires can have smoke damage to it's lungs which can be very painful for the animal as well may have other underlined injuries which may be hidden it is recommended to take your pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Any pet food and or medication exposed to the heat or smoke should not be given to your pet. Medication especially, can change the strength by exposure to heat. Contact your vet as soon as possible to get new refill.
You may notice changes in your pet’s behavior after a disaster, aggressive or defensive behavior can happen. Your pets well being is just as important as yours. Protection is key around hazardous materials to ensure the safety of people and pets.
· Watch your animals closely and keep them under your direct control as fences and gates may have been damaged.
· Pets may become disoriented, particularly if the disaster has affected scent markers that normally allow them to find their home.
· Be aware of hazards at nose, paw and hoof level, particularly debris, spilled chemicals, fertilizers and other substances that might not seem to be dangerous to humans.
· Consult your veterinarian if any behavior problems persist.