Large animal shelter established at Garfield County Fairgrounds |

Large animal shelter established at Garfield County Fairgrounds

Staff report

From Garfield County Administration:

The Garfield County Fairgrounds is housing animals displaced by the Lake Christine Fire, and is expecting approximately 100 large animals to be housed in stalls or pens. This is only a portion of the number of animals that may be accepted at the fairgrounds in Rifle, and the facility is preparing to receive and will answer phones 24/7 as needed during the fire operations.

The fairgrounds has cancelled a Western Slope Reigning Horse Association event planned this weekend to accommodate animals from evacuees.

Garfield County is working collaboratively with a Type 2 Incident Command Team, Eagle County Emergency Operations Center, and a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officer to prepare cages in the fairgrounds North Hall for smaller animals, including dogs and cats, chickens or ducks, as needed by evacuees. The evacuation centers at area schools are not prepared to handle incoming animals, so evacuees are asked to bring their animals to the Garfield County Fairgrounds.

Garfield County has a process for accepting animals, including a form identifying the animal and how it will be cared for in the event it shows signs of illness. Please register your animal upon arrival. The Type 2 team The team will coordinate the intake and release process for this incident. They will be responsible for all record keeping and resource dispersion, as well as evaluation.

Currently, the fairgrounds does not need volunteers to help care for the animals. Also, with extensive gratitude for feed buckets offered to the fairgrounds, staff indicates no further need at this point for donated buckets. The fairgrounds is still in need of hay, grass or grass seed mix only; no lawn clippings, please, and no alfalfa. Donated hay will be tracked and any unused hay returned to the corresponding owners once the incident has passed.

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