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Pet owners should include provisions for their pet in a household disaster plan. Please note that pets are not allowed in shelters (only service animals are allowed in shelters). Therefore, it is important that you have a plan for your pet in the case of an evacuation.

Pet emergency planning tips:

  • Contact friends or relatives outside your area to see if they would be willing to accommodate you and your pets in an emergency. Also, ask a neighbor, friend, or family member if they will look after your pet if you cannot return home due to a disaster.
  • See if your veterinarian or groomer provides shelter for animals during an emergency.
  • Transport your pets in a carrier for the duration of the disaster. This makes pets feel safer and more secure.
  • Know your pets' hiding places so that you can easily find them in times of stress.
  • Make sure each pet has a license and ID tag.

Assemble a "Pet Survival Kit" that can be ready to go if you are evacuating your pet to a kennel or to friends or family. You should include:

  • Water, food, and containers.
  • A leash/muzzle/harness.
  • A copy of all current vaccination and health records, license numbers, and microchip numbers.
  • Medication for your pet (if needed).
  • A pet carrier or cage (a luggage carrier can be used to wheel the carrier around).

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Last updated: 6/10/2008 10:48:34 PM