Saturday, August 9, 2014
Cascade Pet Camp in Hood River and Home at Last in The Dalles have teamed up as part of a community effort to shelter the growing number of displaced pets from the Rowena fire, according to a press release.
With approximately 600 people from 275 homes evacuated in the Gorge and many of them heading to the homes of friends and family or to the local Red Cross Shelter, pets are also among the displaced. The Home at Last Humane Society in The Dalles received several calls this week after the nearby homes of several dogs were threatened. With a facility already bursting, they agreed to take in as many dogs as possible.
It wasn’t long before there were enough dogs needing refuge to fill the entire shelter. That’s when Jenni Lott, owner of Cascade Pet Camp, got the call and joined the efforts.
Board member Suny Simon and her husband, Dave, were among the Home at Last staff members and community members from The Dalles and Hood River who banded together with trucks, trailers, and service vans to relocate the shelter dogs to temporary locations.
“Everyone came together. It was awesome!” said Suny. “And honestly, if it wasn’t for Jenni, a lot of those big dogs would have had nowhere to go.”
Cascade Pet Camp, a pet boarding facility that takes a summer camp approach to pet boarding and daycare, took on 11 of the largest dogs. With luxury rooms and outdoor activities, the shelter dogs are having the time of their lives, getting a sort of vacation during a time of community need.
Lott says the call wasn’t unexpected. “We do this anytime there’s a fire in the Gorge. We’ll take misplaced animals in the event of emergencies like this or even after house fires.”
She said this kind of charity isn’t uncommon among the tightknit communities along the Columbia River Gorge.
Two dogs will remain behind, at the insistence of the staff, as resident campers until they’re adopted. “What do you expect?” said Lott. “We’re dog lovers here. It was bound to happen eventually!”
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge