Fish evacuation and emergency sheltering during wildfire disasters

Christine A. Parker-Graham, June Ang, Eva Marie Quijano Cardé, Linda A. Deanovic, Matthew Stone, John E. Madigan, Monica Aleman, Esteban Soto

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Wildfires are a serious and expanding threat in western North America, and wildfire encroachment on human populations leads to widespread evacuation and emergency housing operations for residents and their companion animals and livestock. Veterinarians are frequently part of wildfire response efforts and are called upon to assist in rescue, evacuation, and emergency housing operations as well as to provide medical care for evacuated animals. Although veterinarians are likely familiar with the principles of transporting and housing terrestrial animals, emergency response for aquatic companion animals presents unique logistic challenges. Veterinarians familiar with aquatic animal evacuation, housing, and care prior to a wildfire response can extend the scope of disaster recovery. This report offers general guidance for rescuing, evacuating, housing, and caring for aquatic animals in the wake of a wildfire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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