CANBY, Ore. -- Five metro counties came together Wednesday afternoon at the Clackamas county fairgrounds to get some practice saving pets.
The emergency preparedness workers simulated the operation of a shelter allowing people and their pets. The idea was born with hurricane Katrina when people refused to be helped to shelters without their pets.
The exercise included 150 crates for dogs and cats, on-site medical care and a photo check-in process that will be used to match owners with their pets.
In the event of a natural emergency, any given neighborhood could have a thousand people in need of emergency care. Of those, 60% are believed to have pets they would bring to a shelter.
Experts advised that pet owners should have their animals' medical information in an easy-to-access location, including vaccination certificates, so they could bring it along in the case of an emergency.