Pets and Disaster Preparation
First, remember that you must provide for your own safety and security in order to be able to offer safety and security to anyone else, and that includes your family and your pets.
Have a disaster plan for yourself and your family, as well as one for your pets.
Make certain that everyone in your household knows the plan for the family and the plan for your pets.
Provide all of your pets with identification that includes your cell phone number.
Make a Disaster Kit for your pets. See our list of suggested contents.
Keep your pet(s) healthy; healthy pets can deal better with stress.
A Microchip is the best and most secure identification. Ask your vet or local animal shelter about this quick, easy, permanent identification. Most animal shelters can scan and read microchips.
Use collar tags at the very least. make certain that your cell phone number is part of the identification; you are likely to be away from home when someone tries to contact you.
If you have a bird make sure you have identifying leg bands.
Cats tend to keep symptoms of illness to themselves, and dogs are uncomplaining troopers who will keep going as long as you ask them to, regardless of aches and pains.
Take your pets for regular check-ups per your veterinarian’s recommendation. Remember that dogs, cats, and other pets age far more rapidly than people do. That “annual” exam in people years may be more like a five or seven-year exam in pet years. Your pet’s health can change substantially in that time.
Prepare for Staying at Home
Set aside a room in your home for yourself and your pet(s) if you have to wait out an emergency at home. Be sure that the area has sufficient space for all of your pets. You will want to be able to separate dogs, cats, and smaller pets from each other.
Prepare for Evacuation
Most emergency shelters for people will not accept any animals except for service animals.
Locate pet shelters, boarding kennels, and veterinarians in advance that will hold pets should the need arise. Most animal shelters will require proof of current vaccinations, so be sure to keep those vaccinations up to date and include copies in your Pet Disaster Kit.
Locate motels and hotels in your area or nearby areas that allow pets. Also check with friends, relatives, and neighbors to fins out if they would be willing to temporarily foster your pets in the event of an emergency.
Store your disaster kit near an exit so that you can grab it and go.
Your Pets May Be Home Alone When a Disaster Occurs
Before disaster strikes set up a Pet Buddy System. Make arrangements with someone you trust who can come and get your pets if you are unable to get to them during an emergency.
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