Recent events have proven vivid reminders of the devastation and upheaval that can strike at any moment. Preparing for an emergency is a wise and practical investment of time. Although we may have planned ahead for our homes & families, we may have forgotten to make a plan for our pets.
- Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who shelter animals in case of an emergency. Plug their 24-hour phone numbers into your phone for easy access.
- Be aware of hotels in your area which accept pets, and be familiar with their restrictions (e.g. size, species, number, etc.). Plug the number of a pet friendly hotel into your phone for easy access.
- Contact friends and relatives who live outside your area to identify one would be willing to shelter your animal if your town should suffer a catastrophic event.
- Assemble a watertight emergency bag for your pet. Label the bag with the pet’s name, your name and your phone number. Inside the bag place:
- Veterinarian’s name and contact information
- 3-7 day supply of food
- A couple of water bottles
- A photograph of your pet
- A bowl which can be used for food and water
- An extra leash and collar
- A summary of any health issues, including medications
- An up to date vaccination summary
- Toy or treat
- Extra blanket or towel
- Carrier for cat or exotic pets
Pets are members of the family who give a lot and demand little. With a minimal amount of effort, you can plan now to ensure their safety and comfort should the unexpected occur.