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Are you Ready to Defend Your Pet in a Catastrophe or Emergency? – American Humane


Catastrophe Preparedness

In an emergency, each second counts and it’s important that you’re ready to guard your whole household – together with your pets. September is Nationwide Preparedness Month, and we’re honored to accomplice with Anheuser-Busch for the second annual “Put together For Your Pets” marketing campaign, increasing reduction efforts and elevating consciousness of catastrophe preparedness for each folks and pets. That is particularly important as wildfires, warmth waves and hurricanes proceed to plague the globe.

We want to arm pet house owners with the information and instruments wanted to assist preserve their pets and households protected when catastrophe strikes. Having a catastrophe preparedness plan in place is not going to solely assist save the lives of our beloved animals, but additionally the lives of householders, volunteers and first responders.

Consult with our guidelines and full a pet preparedness plan:

  • My cats and/or canine have safe collars with present ID tags, rabies vaccination tags and metropolis or county licenses (the place relevant). ID tags embrace my identify, handle, phone numbers (day and night) and my pet’s identify.
  • I’ve the added safety precaution of getting my pets microchipped. Any microchip info is updated with my present contact info and handle.
  • I’ve a pet catastrophe preparedness equipment on the prepared with a two-week provide of water, meals and drugs in addition to important provides and documentation, resembling a photograph of my pet.
  • My pet’s moveable service is able to go at a second’s discover. The service is massive sufficient for them to show round and lie down comfortably. I’ve practiced loading my pet into the service.
  • I’ve recognized a protected house I can go along with my pets if I have to evacuate or search shelter. (Evacuation locations could embrace a pal or member of the family’s residence, or a pet-friendly resort.)
  • If I have to evacuate, I’m ready to take my pets with me and I’ve the means to move my pets to the protected house.

If I can not evacuate . . .

  • I’ve chosen a protected room for driving out the emergency – an inside room with out home windows in which there’s room to shelter my whole household, together with my pets.
  • I’ve established which member of the family is chargeable for my pet’s wants (who will seize the pet, the pet catastrophe preparedness equipment, service, and many others.) and produce it to the protected room.
  • I do know my pet’s hiding locations. In case they’re fearful or attempt to run away, I can simply find them and produce them to security.
  • I can safe all exits, so my pet can not escape or run exterior.
  • I’ll make sure the emergency has absolutely handed earlier than going exterior and assessing damages. I’ll preserve my canine on a leash and/or cat in a service to permit them time to develop into re-oriented and calm.

Congratulations on finishing your pet preparedness plan!

To discover ways to pack your pet catastrophe preparedness equipment, try this video that includes Amber from the American Humane Rescue crew. For extra info on the way to put together for a catastrophe, go to


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