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Animal Evacuation Update

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As evacuation notices increased overnight, so did the need for places to put pets and livestock. Click through for an update on who's taking what and who isn't.

Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE)  has transfered up to 60% of their adoptable pets to shelters across the state, freeing up space for 20 - 30 dogs or cats from mandatory evacuated areas only. They need temporary foster homes for adoptable pets (not the evacuees) and transportation to other shelters as needed. Director Wes Boyd says "Bring food for your pet if you have it." 945.9173

Alpine Animal Hospital has room for 6 - 7 cats and 4 - 5 dogs, depending on if the animals can be caged together or separately. As of 3 PM Thursday, AAH had taken in close to 20 evacuee pets. 963.2371

Carbondale Animal Hospital has 13 kennels available for small animals. 963.2826

Red Hill Kennels is full. All the animals currently in residence are doing fine.

The Orchard on Snowmass Drive in Carbondale  is open for evacuee pets accompanied by their people. Lead Pastor Charlie Hill says "show up and check in". They have space for at least 50 people and pets. This is not a pet drop-off center; it's for people who want to stay with their pets. Food and water for pets is available. 963.8773

Glenwood Veterinary Clinic has 14 spaces for large animals and 19 - 20 for dogs and cats. Call ahead if possible. 945.5401

Valley Emergency Pet Care in Basalt is not taking pets due to proximity to the evacuation zone. But, they will handle critical injuries.

Garfield County Fairgrounds is ready for large and small animals, including caged fowl. Renelle Lott, Garfield County Communications, says that about 50 horses arrived Wednesday night. There is space for 150+ horses or livestock, depending on what kind of accomodations are needed. The North Hall of the fairgrounds has been reserved for small animals, pets, and fowl. Please put them in cages, bring sanitary items (litter boxes/litter) and food. Eagle County Animal Control is managing the small animals. 625.2514 for fairgrounds.

Keep in mind that this situation is in flux. Animal shelters can fill up and clear out within hours. Also, veterinarians may have contacts if their facilities are full. Please bring food for your animal if you have it.