Pets
  • Prepare a kit for each household pet and service animal. Consider the following items:
    • Water, food and treats for at least seven days
    • Medicines
    • Pet carrier
    • Harness or leash
    • Dog muzzle
    • Manual can opener and plastic lid for canned food
    • Non-spill pet travel bowls
    • Plastic bags, cat litter box and litter
    • Travel size bird cage and cover
    • Copy of pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents, and medical records (place in waterproof container or zip-lock bag)
    • Recent photo of each pet and you together to help document ownership if you and your pet become separated. On back of photo write your pet’s name, species, age, sex, color, any distinguishing characteristics, and your contact information.
  • Make sure your pet wears a collar at all times with current license, rabies and identification tags.
  • If you must evacuate, take your household pets and service animals with you provided it is feasible to do so. Many shelters do not allow household pets. If possible, plan ahead for shelter alternatives. Make a list of veterinary hospitals and kennels in other communities where you might need to temporarily shelter your pet.
  • Animals respond differently under stress. For their security and the safety of others, keep pets firmly harnessed or leashed. Transport cats in pet carriers or pillow cases.
  • If your pet is lost, notify the animal shelter nearest you. Wait until it is safe to return to your neighborhood and then search for your pet. Distribute posters with a photo of your pet and your contact information.
  • If you must evacuate and leave your pet behind, notify animal rescue workers.
    • On the front of your house, in a highly visible window or on the door, write the number and types of pets in your house and their location. Include the date you evacuated.
    • Leave plenty of water in one or more large, open containers that cannot be knocked over.
    • Provide sufficient food, if possible, in automatic feeders to prevent your pet from overeating.
    • Do not crate or tie up your pet in your home.
  • Create a back-up plan with family, friends and neighbors to make sure someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets or animals if you are not available.
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