Tips to prepare your pet for an emergency.
Emergencies come in many different forms, and you may need to evacuate your home on a temporary basis or a longer, unknown amount of time.
SCRAPS urges pet owners to be prepared for any circumstance by making sure their pets are always wearing up-to-date identification in the form of a license and microchip. “Pets can easily get lost and lose their collars in the chaos of an emergency,” said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. “A microchip with current information will get your pet home.”
Preparing an Emergency Kit for your pet before disaster strikes is another way to help keep your pets safe. The kit should include:
- medicines (with instructions) for five days
- medical and veterinary records (many temporary boarding facilities will require proof of vaccinations)
- blanket or bed
- litter box and litter
- current photos of your pet(s) with description in case they get lost
Other tips include:
Make a Plan for a Shelter
Plan ahead and do research. Find out what hotels outside of your immediate area might accept pets and make a list of potential boarding facilities for your pets including phone numbers. Check with friends and relatives outside of the area to see if they would be willing to help out.
In Case You Are Not at Home
In case something should happen when you aren’t in town, make arrangements for a trusted neighbor to take your pets and meet you at a specified location. Be sure the person is comfortable with your pets and your pets are familiar with him/her, knows where your animals are likely to be, knows where your disaster supplies are kept and has a key to your home.
(SOURCE (text and image) – SCRAPS Hope Foundation press release, July 2014)