The Cedar Valley Humane Society is joining hundreds of other animal shelters from around the United States to encourage pet parents to fully consider their pets in their emergency situation planning.
In times of crisis, people are often told to leave their homes for a “short time,” only to find that they cannot return for days or even weeks. As a result, community animal shelters are overwhelmed with lost and separated cats and dogs following a disaster.
The Cedar Valley Humane Society suggests families build a Pet Emergency Go-Kit and store it with the rest of the family’s emergency preparations:
– Basic first aid supplies
– A 3-day supply of bottled water and the pet’s preferred food, held in a waterproof container
– Safety harness and leash
– Waste clean-up supplies
– Medications and a copy of the pet’s medical records
– List of veterinarians and local pet care organizations
– List of the pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues, in case the pet must be cared for by someone else
– Comfort items, such as a blanket or favorite toy, to help keep the pet calm and comfortable
We also recommend the following tips to help ensure your pet’s safety in an emergency:
– Ensure your pet’s identification by using a microchip or collar ID tag, and make sure that your contact information is up-to-date.
– Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
– Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened.
– Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area.
– If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.