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Emergency Alert - Help for Shelters Housing Animals Evacuated in California Wildfires
Date:10/23/2007

COTATI, Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal shelters and other animal protection organizations may gain temporary custody of animals who have been rescued and evacuated from the wildfires sweeping through southern California. Shelters without the resources to house large numbers of animals can adapt and use foster care forms developed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund's (ALDF's) Criminal Justice Program as part of a foster care program to establish temporary foster homes for the animals.

Instructions for using ALDF's foster care agreement and application forms can be found at: http://www.aldf.org/assets/library/65_fostercareforminstruction.pdf

Sample foster agreement: http://www.aldf.org/assets/library/93_samplefosteragreement.pdf

Sample foster care application: http://www.aldf.org/assets/library/92_samplefosterapplication.pdf

Background on Animals in Disasters

In August 2006, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a Senate substitute to HR 3858, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, which would give FEMA wider authority in developing disaster plans.

Introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) and in the Senate by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), both bills would require local and state disaster plans to include provisions for companion animals and service animals in the event of a major disaster or emergency.

The Senate substituted a more comprehensive version for HR 3858, which would grant FEMA the authority to assist in developing disaster plans and make financial contributions to state and local authorities to procure or construct emergency animal shel
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