Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Flash Flood Warnings: Pet Owners Be Prepared!


Many experienced the effects of the 5.1 magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks that jolted our city yesterday. Despite the center being just four miles southeast of Ojai, HSVC had little to no damage and our animals remained safe and sound. Thank you to all who voiced concern for our staff and furry friends!

It's important to remember that aftershocks of such a large quake can occur for several days after the initial jolt. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website, 23 aftershocks with a magnitude of 2.5 or higher have occurred in the area following the quake on August 20th. These aftershocks, along with ongoing hurricane and flash flood warnings, are a reminder that an emergency can strike at any moment.

Pet owners need to be prepared! Keep a go-bag for each of your furry friends filled with important items they will need in the event you need to evacuate quickly. Such items include at least five days worth of food and water, medications and vet records, leash, collar, updated ID tags, harness, and photos of you and your pet together. We also recommend having a crate or carrier available - labeled with your name and contact information – to transport your animals and keep them safe. Don't forget to bring litter and a disposable litter pan if you have cats and spare poop bags for your dogs.

Reminder! The HSVC becomes an evacuation center for your animals, including equine and barn animals, during states of emergency at no cost to pet owners. If you are in need of a safe haven for your animals, please call the shelter at 805-646-6505. We're here to help!

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