Archive for May, 2011

Evacuation Planning for Pets: Are You Prepared?

ASPCA News Alert: May 13, 2011
Do you live in an area that is prone to natural catastrophes, such as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods? Disaster can strike at any time, so it’s important to have a clear evacuation plan in place well before you need it.
The ASPCA recommends arranging a safe haven for yourself and your pets, and if you must evacuate your home due to a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. Most importantly, do not leave your pets behind. Remember, if it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets. To minimize evacuation time, please follow these simple steps:
  • Store an emergency kit—with items such as three to five days’ supply of pet food, bottled water, medical records, a blanket, a flashlight and leashes—as close to an exit as possible.
  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. Your pet's ID tag should contain his name, your mobile telephone number and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to write your pet's name, your name and contact information on your pet's carrier.
  • The ASPCA recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted in the animal's shoulder area, and can be read by scanners at most animal shelters.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
  • Consider your evacuation route and call ahead to make arrangements for boarding your pet outside of the danger zone at the first sign of disaster.
For a complete list of disaster planning tips, or to receive a free “Animals Inside” window sticker, please visit ASPCA.org.