For pet owners, preparing them for ANY type of emergency evacuation can not just save time and stress … but it can save a life !!
As you would do for people, putting aside emergency supplies and having your pet’s documents in order before an emergency is vital.
First and foremost, make sure they have up-to-date identification — not just in their name tags, but on their microchip as well.
It makes the process of locating their families if they are lost … or checking them into evacuation centers and returning them to you much easier — if DOG forbid that ever happens. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here are some quick tips to keep in mind:
Prepare pets for emergencies BEFORE an emergency strikes!⠀⠀
* PRACTICE putting them into trailers or crates on a regular basis!!
* Microchip your pets and make sure they have proper and up-to-date identification. If you’re separated from your animals, a microchip will increase your chances of reuniting with them.
* Include phone numbers of out-of-area friends or family in your microchip registration. It’s a good idea to include alternate contacts in case you can’t be reached.
* Locate pet-friendly lodgings. Contact hotels and motels in and outside of your city and ask if they accept pets during emergencies.
* Do the same for boarding facilities. Know where they are and visit them.
* Get your pet used to being in a kennel. It’ll make it easier to transport them.
* Paste a rescue alert sticker visibly on one of your home’s windows with the number and species of animals in your household. (If you evacuate with your pets, write “Evacuated” on the sticker.)⠀⠀⠀