SANTA CRUZ, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VCA Animal Hospitals announced that select Northern California VCA hospitals are offering free boarding assistance for small animals, including dogs, cats, birds and pocket pets, to families who are impacted by the wildfires burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The blaze, about 30 miles south of San Jose, has forced hundreds of residents to evacuate.
“Our thoughts are with the many families who are being impacted by these devastating wildfires,” said Art Antin, Chief Operating Officer of VCA Animal Hospitals. “We are extending free boarding for pets that have been displaced by the fires so families can be assured their animals are safe and be able to focus on their priorities during this critical time.”
Boarding assistance at participating Northern California area VCA hospitals is based on space availability. Pets should be current on vaccinations, but in case they are not, VCA veterinarians will update vaccinations free of charge. VCA will also offer a free health assessment exam for pets that have been evacuated or displaced as a result of the fires. To check availability for boarding assistance, visit www.vcahospitals.com/main/directory or call 1-800-VCAPETS.
VCA Animal Hospitals operates more than 650 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. The hospitals are staffed by more than 3,500 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care, of which over 400 are board-certified specialists who are experts in areas such as Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency & Critical Care, and Surgery for animals. VCA Animal Hospitals provides a full range of general practice services to keep pets well and specialized treatments when pets are ill. For more information, please visit www.VCAhospitals.com or follow on Twitter @vcapethealth.