Pet people, listen up! It’s critical to have an evacuation plan in place for your furry friends too. We hope pets and their parents never become separated. The thought alone is unbearable. Families can prevent the worst from happening with just a little preparation.
Pick up a Rescue Alert Sticker to let rescuers know that there’s a pet inside your home. Place the sticker on your front door or somewhere near it – any place where it’s visible. Stickers must include details such as names and number of pets and contact details of your vet.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
At the first signs of a storm, immediately bring pets indoors. They can become disoriented and run far from home in a crisis.
Upgrade your dog tag
Get your pet an ID tag! Make sure your pet wears a collar with an ID tag at all times – even inside the house. The tag should contain your most up-to-date contact information!
Microchipping your pet is imperative. A pet’s ID tag can easily come undone or become damaged during emergencies. Speak to your local shelter or vet for guidance on microchipping.
A microchip is a tiny device that a vet inserts under your pet’s skin. The chip is barely the size of a rice grain and contains an identification number. Vets or shelters use microchips to trace a lost pet’s location. Remember to register your pet’s microchip, ensuring it contains accurate information on you and your pet. This helps rescuers to contact you quickly when they find your pet.
Be Up To Date and Vaccinate!
Don’t forget to keep those vaccinations up to date. Natural disasters can bring a range of diseases and sicknesses. Vaccinations reduce your pet’s chances of falling sick.
Store Away for a Rainy Day
Pack a pet emergency kit and place it near an exit in your home. Pack dry kibble, leashes, water, bowls, and copies of medical records. Remember to pack items like toys and pillows that provide your pet comfort each day. Everyone in the family should know where the bag is. Duffel bags or backpacks are great. They’re easy to carry in an emergency.
Think ahead and choose a temporary caregiver for your pet if you are ever unable to care for your four-legged friend. This step requires careful thought. The ideal person is someone your pet has met before and trusts. In addition, consider how far away they live and whether they have the time to care for a pet.