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So, the first thing you should do is identify pet-friendly shelters. Make a list, including phone numbers.
- The best survival technique is to prepare a disaster plan ahead of time. If you are a pet owner, this plan must include your pets.
- In the event of a disaster that requires your family to evacuate your home, whether for a day or a week, the best way to protect your pets is to evacuate them too.
- Pet-Owners should be aware that public shelters for people cannot accept pets due to health and safety regulations with the exception of serviceanimals who assist people with disabilities.
- Your local county coordinator can tell you if the local jurisdiction has any plans already in place for sheltering pets or domesticated animals.
- Animal shelters
- Veterinarians and Pet Clinics
- Professional Boarding Kennels
- Pet-friendly motels
- Friends and relatives outside the affected area
Next, assemble a portable pet disaster supplies kit. Your pets have daily needs just like we do.
Keep these essential items in a portable container in an accessible place.
Your kit should include:
- Food, water and treats
- Food/water dish
- Leashes, harnesses and/or carriers
- Medications and medical records
- Current photos of your pets in case they get lost
- Pet-friendly list of shelters
- You may not be at home when an evacuation is ordered, so arrange for a neighbor to take your pets to a pre-arranged location. This person must be comfortable with your pets, know where the pet disaster supplies kit is located and have a key to your home. A pet-sitting service may be able to assist.
- Make sure each of your pets wears a collar with accurate identification tags at all times.
- Keep all of your pets current on their vaccinations.
- Snakes can be transported in a pillowcase, but must be transferred to more secure housing soon.
- Birds, house lizards and small mammals should be transported in a cage or carrier. Depending on weather, include a blanket or plant mister in your kit.
- If you must evacuate, do not leave your animals behind. If possible, find a shelter location that allows your pet to remain with you.