Safety Planning for Your Pets

Safety Planning for Your Pets
  • Plan your evacuation and leave in plenty of time. Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. When rescue officials come to your door, they may not allow you to take your pets with you. Remember, pets are not allowed in public emergency shelters.
  • Acquire large carrier and familiarize your pet with the carrier
  • Acquire non-spill water and food bowls
  • Stock up on pet food and kitty litter
  • Stock up on newspapers, plastic bags and disinfectants
  • Keep vaccinations/medical records up to date with written verification
  • Keep documentation of medications with dosing instructions
  • Acquire a collar and leash, with current license, rabies and id tags. If you face evacuation, it is a good idea to attach to the collar the phone number of a friend or family member who is well out of disaster range. That way, anyone who finds your pet will be able to reach a person who knows how to contact you.
  • Photograph your pet. Carry a photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • Carry a list of emergency telephone numbers with you. This should include your veterinarian, local animal control, local animal shelters, the Red Cross, and any other individual or group you might need to contact during the disaster.
  • Determine best location in your house for your pet: bathroom, kitchen
  • Decide where you might take your pet if it becomes necessary
    • boarding kennels
    • veterinarian hospitals
    • friends and relatives
    • motels that accept pets…
      Because emergency public shelters do not admit pets, call hotels in a safe location and ask if you can bring your pet. If the hotel has a no-pets policy, ask the manager if the hotel can waive the policy during the disaster.


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