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There are kits and plans that are made in times of fire, earthquake, or emergency situations for people, but what about our pets? Here are some tips:
A collar and I.D. with your pets name, address and cell phone number will help return your pet faster. If the collar comes off and is destroyed, microchipping can increase the chances of finding your pet.
Not every hotel/motel is pet friendly and not every shelter may have room for our pets. Call ahead and see which hotels accept pets. Another alternative is seeing if friends and family in the immediate area can shelter your pets. Veterinary clinics and kennels may be another good option as well.
Think about having a family member or friend who is familiar with your pet and home take over care. A spare key can be made so that they have access and make sure that they know where food and supplies are in the house.
You and your family are important and that includes your fur babies. Even if you may think that you may be gone for a few hours please take your pets because plans can change. Keep your dogs on a leash or crate and your cats crated. This is a stressful time and your pets can become fearful and try to escape.
Make shelter in your home. Close off small spaces, bring your pets indoors and, if you can, designate a safe room or large closet with all of your emergency supplies. Care after a disaster: Please try to keep at least 5 days of food for your pets, bowls for food and water, bed and toys to keep them calm and medications for pets that need them.
Our pets can become scared and disoriented which can cause behavioral problems. After a disaster it is best to return them back to their normal routine. If their behavior starts to worsen or if they start to show physical signs o distress please bring them into your local veterinarian.
These are general ideas of preparedness planning. For more information visit: Humanesociety.org/disaster