Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Emergency Preparedness for Your Pets: Part 2

Step 2
Arrange for a Safe Place- In the situation when you will not be able to keep your pet with you (such as if you are evacuated to a Red Cross Shelter) you should have a back-up plan already in place for their safe keeping.  This safe place can be local (if you are having a personal emergency) or in another county out of harm’s way.  It is probably best to have a Plan A for local and a Plan B for non-local safe places in case you are forced out of your city.
To find a safe place:
1.       Ask your vet if they can board your pets or recommend another boarding facility.
2.       Look up a local boarding facility on your own.  While all boarding facilities take dogs, only a few take cats.  Very few will take other household pets, but that could always change in a state emergency. 
A brief list of local boarding facilities:
Amber’s Luxury Pet Hotel – 9106 Pulsar Ct., Corona
Camp Ilene – 19060 State St., Corona
Pet Chalet – 326 Adams Cir., Corona
Country Place Kennels – 10538 54th St., Mira Loma
Kenners Kennel – 5081 Bain St., Mira Loma
Coventry Pet Resort – 412 Tennessee St., Redlands
Hidden Valley Kennel – 7297 Jurupa Ave., Riverside
Riverwalk Pet Resort – 12111 Severn Way, Riverside
Ruff House Grooming – 3035 Chicago Ave., Riverside

If you plan to use a boarding facility be sure your dog meets all of their requirements in advance to avoid being turned away during an emergency.  Your dog must be current on their vaccinations to stay at any boarding facility, and the boarding facility may require your dog be spay or neutered and come for an initial interview day before their stay.  
3.       If you should be forced from your home and need a temporary place to stay with your dog, a local motel or hotel may be an option.
Here is a list of local motels/hotels that allow dogs:
                West Western Kings Inn – 1084 Pomona Rd., Corona
                Motel 6 – 200 North Lincoln Ave., Corona
                Residence Inn by Marriott – 1015 Montecito Dr., Corona
                Comfort Inn – 23330 Sunnymead Blvd., Moreno Valley
                Econo Lodge – 24412 Sunnymead Blvd., Moreno Valley
                La Quinta – 23090 Sunnymead Blvd., Moreno Valley
                Best Western Sandman Motel – 1120 W Colton Ave., Redlands
Comfort Inn University – 1590 University Ave., Riverside
Econo Lodge – 10705 Magnolia Ave., Riverside
Hampton Inn & Suites – 4250 Riverwalk Pkwy., Riverside
Motel 6 – 3663 La Sierra Ave., Riverside
Rodeway Inn – 10518 Magnolia Ave., Riverside (Formerly Best Western)
Motel 6 – 6830 Valley Way, Rubidoux
La Quinta Inn – 205 E Hospitality Ln., San Bernardino
Motel 6 – 1960 Ostrems Way or 111 E Redlands Blvd., San Bernardino

If you want a hotel that is not on the list, simply call them or check out their website to see if they allow pets.  Keep in mind, the hotels/motels charge at least $15-20 per night for dogs to stay.

In case of a city or county wide emergency, such as a local wildfire, you may consider a hotel or motel in another nearby county, such as L.A. County, Orange County, or San Diego County. 

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