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Sanctuary Residents Prepare for Possible Emergency

Regular practice and evacuation drills spell preparedness for animals at The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center

  • With conditioning, Tonka has become familiar with his transfer crate. The Fund for Animals/The HSUS

  • With the crate door closed, Tonka shows no signs of stress. The Fund for Animals/The HSUS

  • Tonka awaits to be transferred to another habitat as part of the evacuation drill. The Fund for Animals/The HSUS

  • Volunteers and staff must move each sanctuary resident separately. The Fund for Animals/The HSUS

  • After completion of the drill, Tonka enters his habitat from his crate. The Fund for Animals/The HSUS

The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center is home to 17 large mammal sanctuary residents, 41 domestic cats, and dozens more animals who are in various stages of rehabilitation.

Located in southern California, our Center runs the risk of encountering a variety of emergency situations, including threatening wildfires, that could spell disaster for our animals. Our staff confronts these threats head-on through disaster preparedness training.

Sanctuary residents are trained to enter and exit their transfer crates to facilitate ease of transfer in case of disaster or medical emergency.

We condition our animals to feel comfortable in their transfer crates by:

  • Making the transfer crates a part of their regular habitat so they are very familiar with the smell, feel, and appearance of them.

  • Feeding them inside the crates.

  • Routinely closing them into the crates while we clean or perform habitat maintenance so they understand they may need to stay inside of it for long durations.

  • Rotating the animals between habitats every few weeks using the transfer crates and other equipment that would be used to transport them off property in case of emergency.

This regular training reduces stress on the animals by making their transport a familiar, routine activity. It also reduces risk to staff and volunteers by eliminating the need for restraint, force, or physical handling in an effort to transport an animal. The more animals who cooperate during an emergency, the faster the crisis can be managed by staff and volunteers.

For more information about The Fund for Animals emergency preparations or anything else related to our work, please contact Center Director, Ali Crumpacker by email: acrumpacker@humanesociety.org

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