Alameda and Contra Costa County Shelters say they are not equipped to handle hundreds of expected pets that will need care.
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They say owners should find a temporary caregiver and come up with a written plan that includes contact information, feeding schedule, vaccinations and vet history.
They are urging owners to prepare a kit with pet food, medicine and other necessary supplies.
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