Include your pets in your Emergency Plan. If you must evacuate, you should evacuate your pets, too – it’s not safe to leave them behind.
Service animals are allowed in emergency shelters. Pets may not be allowed in certain shelters. You should plan ahead to house your pet in a pet friendly shelter or hotel prior to an emergency occurring. Plan for your pets’ safety, before an emergency.
Ask friends or relatives outside your area if you and your pets can stay with them 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 an emergency.
See if your veterinarian, groomer or local animal shelter can provide emergency shelter for your pets. Know your pets’ hididg places so that you can easily find them in times of stress.
Keep in mind that although your pet may normally be docile or not harm other individuals, pets may have unpredictable reactions to others in times of stress and emergencies.
Make sure each pet has a license and ID tag, and current vaccinations.
A pet emergency kit should include:
- A three-day supply of food and water.
- Bowls and a manual can opener for wet food.
- Collar, leash, muzzle or carriers/cages to transport pets safely and ensure that they cannot escape.
- Copies of your animal’s health records, registration, proof of vaccination, pet license numbers, and microchip numbers.
- Animal First-Aid Kit, including flea and tick treatment. Contact information for your veterinarian.
- Medication for your pet (if needed) or a list of the medication, dosage and medical condition associated with the medication.
- Toys and Treats.
- Litter, litter box and scoop (if necessary).
- Plastic bags, paper towels, and cleaning supplies for clean-up.
- Photos of your pet.