Mobile Unit to Aid Dogs in California Fires

A Banfield mobile pet hospital will be dispatched to assist with dog and cat emergencies.

Posted: October 26, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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Banfield’s mobile emergency pet hospital is getting ready to assist with pet emergencies related to the fires taking place in Southern California. An exact location where the mobile unit will be set up has not yet been released.

The 32-foot-long hospital trailer will be staffed by two veterinarians and three veterinary technicians and will contain a surgical suite, treatment area, and ten kennels.

As of Wednesday, all of Banfield’s hospital team in the greater San Diego area had been accounted for. Although some Banfield pet hospitals are closed temporarily due to weather conditions, including smoke and ash, the hospitals are currently safe from current fire paths, according to a Banfield spokesman.

Should Banfield hospitals have to close, answering machines will indicate area emergency pet hospitals where clients can seek immediate assistance.

All Banfield California team members have received preparedness and evacuation procedures in the event that evacuation should become necessary.

Banfield of San Diego is currently housing several cats from the Helen Woodward Animal Center, a nonprofit organization that provides care and adoption services for animals, as well as educational programs for people.

For more information on how the California fires are affecting dog owners in the area, click here.

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Donna   Limington, ME

10/26/2007 8:15:51 AM

I just hope that all pets and people can get out safe!

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