Do you have an evacuation plan for your pet in the event of a storm, hurricane or natural disaster? Don’t let the next emergency catch you unprepared. Pets are very vulnerable during and after natural emergencies, making it important to plan in advance.
Create a plan for your pets with these tips:
- Some areas have emergency shelters that will accept animals. Find out if your area is one of them and pre-register with the shelter, if necessary. Here’s a list of pet-friendly shelters by state.
- If there are no pet shelters available, make a list of boarding facilities and pet-friendly hotels outside of your immediate area. Websites like PetsWelcome.com will help with the hotel search. Check their rules as hotels may restrict the type, size and number of animals.
- Get a free pet evacuation window-cling sticker from your nearest Pet Supermarket. In case of a fire or other emergency, it will show responding personnel that there are pets in your home.
Documents / Supplies
- If you’re evacuating or moving, you’ll need quick access to your pet’s vaccination and rabies documents. Get them together now and seal them in a waterproof bag.
- Most pet shelters will ask for proof of rabies vaccination, as well as license tags and a collar with a leash (or travel crate).
- Other items you should take with you: a 2-month supply of any medications including heartworm preventive, food/water bowls, 2-week supply of food, litter box and litter, pet bed or blanket, toys, and waste bags.
- Try to keep a recent photo of your pet as well, in case he goes missing or you need to leave it at a facility.
- To create a portable first aid kit for your pet, download the American Kennel Club’s checklist (PDF file).
Above all, please don’t leave a pet behind during an evacuation. A secure room with some food and water may seem safe enough, but you just might return to a damaged home and a missing or injured pet.
We hope these tips will help you plan a safe evacuation with your pet and we invite you to visit your nearest Pet Supermarket for a free pet emergency window sticker.