PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VCA Animal Hospitals announced that all Oregon 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 in the state. The Eagle Creek fire has burned unchecked in the pristine Columbia River Gorge since Saturday and merged overnight with the Indian Creek fire. The fires now cover more than 31,000 acres, damaged local structures and 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 Oregon VCA hospitals is based on space availability. VCA Battle Ground Animal Hospital and VCA East Mill Plain Animal Hospital in southern Washington are also offering free boarding. 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 because of the fires.
Pet owners are encouraged to contact the American Red Cross or visit www.vcahospitals.com/main/directory or call 1-800-VCAPETS to check availability for boarding assistance.
VCA Animal Hospitals operates more than 750 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. The hospitals are staffed by more than 4,500 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care, of which over 500 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 and https://www.facebook.com/VCAAnimalHospitals/.
VCA (NASDAQ: WOOF) is a leading provider of pet health care services in the country delivered through more than 750 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, a preeminent nationwide clinical laboratory system that services all 50 states and Canada (Antech Diagnostics), the leading animal diagnostic imaging company in the market (Sound), and Camp Bow Wow (CBW), the nation’s Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camp® franchise, an Inc. 5000 company.