5 Things to include in your Pets Preparedness Plan

  1. Have an evacuation plan for your pet – Many public shelters do not allow pets inside. Know if your county has one that does and verify if you need a reservation and what documents  you need to bring. Have a current list of hotels / motels that will allow pets. Also check with your veterinarian to learn if they will be offering shelter to their clients pets or know of any that are.
  2. Develop a buddy system – Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.
  3. Have your pet microchipped – Make sure to keep your address and phone number up-to-date. It is also a good idea include contact information for an emergency contact inside and outside of your immediate area.
  4. Build an emergency pet preparedness kit – food, water, medications, grooming items, sanitation items, collar and leash, pet ID, vaccine records, pet crate, familiar toy and blanket.
  5. ,Current photo of you and your pet – A picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet.