We opened an emergency companion animal shelter across from the Red Cross to help people who needed to evacuate their homes take care of themselves by taking care of their animals for them. Animals are stressed at times like these, so we did our best to give them exercise and attention.
We’ve since demobilized that specific shelter and remain on standby for other needs. If you or people you know need help, please contact the Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 509-422-7348 or Animal Control Officer Dave Yarnell at 509-846-6026.
We recognize how hopeless it feels to sit back and watch it all unfold. We’d encourage all of you to do what you can in your own communities.
Start with yourselves.
Make sure you have a go bag packed for you, your family, and your animals. The bag should be something you can grab and go with your family and pets within 15 minutes.
This may help you get started:
To help your neighbors, your local area may have a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Find one near you.