The devastating floods in Colorado’s Front Range left many people and pets displaced. PetAid Disaster Services deployed the Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corp (COVMRC) to assist with pet evacuation and care for animals that were injured or sick as a result of the disaster.
One pet that COVMRC members were able to assist was Bo, a 13 year old mixed-breed dog with vision and hearing problems. Bo was air-lifted from a flooded area by Storm Mountain; attached to his collar was a baggie with dog treats and a note that read:
“My name is Bo. I am 13 and will be picked up by [owner's name]. His number is [telephone number] or Aunt Kim [telephone number] or Brittany [telephone number]. Please be good to me I am old but a good dog! I am hard of hearing or seeing!”
His owners stayed behind to assist their neighbors with evacuating their homes, but they wanted to get Bo out of the area to make sure he stayed safe, so arranged for Bo to be picked up by a relative that met him near the landing area. He was later reunited with his owners, and they are all staying with family members.
People and pets had to evacuate their homes with little notice or preparation, and pet owners were forced to make difficult decisions about what to do with their pets in a short amount of time. Disaster preparation for people and pets can increase the safety of family members and the chances of being reunited.
For more information about disaster preparedness, visit the PetAid Colorado website at www.petaidcolorado.org.