It’s hurricane season, rainy season, and a time to consider preparations for disasters, which should always include a plan to prepare your pet. And not only is a natural disaster reason to prepare your pet but there could be a house fire, or your pet happens to get out of the house! Even the most prepared among us may have let something fall through the cracks. Unfortunately, it’s the pet’s needs during a natural disaster, that are typically left unconsidered. We’ve seen the very sad videos of dogs left behind, chained in a yard, with flood waters quickly surrounding them. This is prime example of someone that did not have knowledge on how to prepare your pet for a natural disaster.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is urging pet owners to include their pets in the natural disaster preparations and I’m sharing some of their tips on how to prepare your pet for a natural disaster, with you today. Please take the time to read this and take action. When you welcomed a pet into your home, they became part of your family. They should be every bit of importance to you in the unfortunate event that a disaster happens to strike. I can’t say it enought… PREPARE YOUR PET for any unforeseen disaster so that they are taken care of!!
Come up with a plan to prepare your pet
If your pet isn’t microchipped, this should be your first step to prepare your pet. Along with the chip, ensure that your dog or cat has identification tags securely attached to his or her collar. If your pet is chipped, it’s still a good idea to collar it (with an i.d. tag attached). Taking a found pet to a veterinarian to be scanned for a chip, is impossible in many disaster situations.
Then to prepare your pet, make a plan for where you will stay if you have to evacuate. Not all emergency shelters allow pets, so call your city leaders to find out if the one in your area is pet-friendly. Or, to really prepare your pet, download the FEMA app, which provides a list of open shelters in your area.
If not, consider other places you might go during an evacuation. Some hotels allow pets, so call the ones in towns where you may end up to find out.
HSUS offers the following list of online sites that can help you locate pet-friendly hotels:
If your dog is chipped, is your contact information up-to-date?
For help identifying pet-friendly lodgings, check out these websites:
If all else fails, start contacting boarding facilities and veterinarians to find one that will take your pet in during an emergency. It is just as important to prepare your pet for housing, as it is to prepare yourself.
Create a pet disaster kit
An emergency medical kit for your dog or cat is essential when you prepare your pet for a natural disaster. You can purchase pre-packed kits or make your own. Use the list provided here. Or, you can watch the video below.
Then, to prepare your pet’s food and supplies, set aside the following items in an area that provides you easy access, during an emergency:
- A 7-day supply of food and water for each pet.
- Food and water bowls
- Can opener
- Cat accessories (litter box and litter, scoop, etc.)
- Leash or harness
- Pet carrier
- Photos of each of your pets
- Medications your pet needs
Prepare the entire family for a possible evacuation, and make sure you prepare your pets, by following the advice from the pros at Ready.gov.
Your pets and I thank you very much in advance, for your consideration to prepare your furry family during a natural disaster.
And if you happen to be looking for a new place to call home for you and your pets, please give me a call as I’d love to help!
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