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Pet Disaster Preparedness

Learn how to protect your pets in the event of an emergency

No one wants to think about disaster striking, but emergencies do happen and you’re better off being prepared for one than not. In an emergency, your pet will be even more dependent on you. Have a disaster plan for your family that includes your pets, too.

Different types of disasters require different measures to keep your pets safe, so be prepared for various different scenarios.

Keep reading for some tips to prepare for the unexpected:

Make a Plan

If you have a plan in place for your family and your pets, you’ll likely feel more prepared and less stressed when you need to make a decision during an emergency. Some things to include in your plan include: 

  • Have an evacuation plan and safe places to go with your pet–not all shelters accept pets, so it’s important you figure out where you can take your pet ahead of time
  • Designate neighbors, friends or relatives to evacuate or care for your pet if you’re unable to
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped and the microchip information is up-to-date

Assemble an Emergency Kit for Your Pet

Keep the kit in an easily accessible location and include items such as: 

  • Leashes, harnesses, and carriers
  • Several days worth of food, bottled water, and cat litter in addition to food and water bowls
  • Copies of medical records and information of your current veterinarian
  • Medications
  • A first aid kit
  • Current photo of your pet(s) in case they get lost
  • A flashlight and blanket

Get a Rescue Alert Sticker

This sticker is typically placed on or near your front door or on windows. This sticker will alert people that your pet(s) are inside your home. Write on the sticker the types and number of pets you have, along with their names and your veterinarian’s name and number.

We encourage you to always have an up-to-date pet disaster plan and a designated caregiver for your pet(s). If disaster does strike, you will feel much more at ease knowing you have a plan in place for your pets.

We encourage you to always speak with your veterinarian about any concerns you may have regarding your pet.