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Before Disaster Strikes

Natural disasters, such as fires, floods, hurricanes

and tornadoes are devastating and can strike

without warning.  Are you prepared to evacuate with

your animals in the event of an emergency?

Have A Plan

  • Make sure your pet(s) ID is current.  Register Microchips, keep licenses up to date and make sure your pets ID tags are securely attached to collars and harnesses.

  • Keep a current photo of you and your pet(s) together.  This will help establish ownership if you and your pet(s) should get separated. Include any distinguishing coloration and marks.  If you have a dog that requires grooming such as a Lhasa Apso, Poodle, etc., consider taking photos of your pet with short and long hair.  Make sure you have a paper copy on hand.  You might not have a charge on your electronic device.

  • Make a pet emergency kit.  Your pets, just like you, need certain supplies to survive.  A few essentials include:

    • Pet food

    • Bottled water

    • Medications

    • Veterinary & ownership records

    • First aid kit

    • Cat litter & box

    • Can opener

    • Food dishes

    • Leash

    • Bedding

    • Your pet's favorite toy

  • Create an evacuation plan.  Be sure to practice it and keep it updated.  Include in your plan:

    • The names and addresses of friends and family with whom you can stay

    • Information for pet friendly motels in and outside of your local area.

    • Research Veterinarians and boarding kennels in and outside of your local area.  Ask about their evacuation plan and if the owner or other employee stays on site with the animals.  NOTE: Most veterinary and boarding facilities require your pet's vaccination records.  Be sure to keep them in your pet emergency kit.  

    • Keep a pet carrier or leash with collar or harness to secure your pet during evacuation. 

Have an event or class you'd like to share Animal Emergency Preparedness with?  Ask HEART how we can help.