Shelters have very little funding to care for your pet or cages to keep them in. Planning is the key to keeping yourself and pet safe. Think ahead and provide all the supplies necessary for stress separation. Never leave your animals behind. If your home isn’t safe for you, it can’t be safe for your beloved companion!
START A “BUDDY” SYSTEM
Ask a neighbor, friend or relative to keep your animal if you can’t get back. They can take it to a safe place and care for it. Give a copy, written instructions, a key to your house!
KENNEL ARRANGEMENTS AHEAD
There will be only a certain amount of space. A kennel could house up to a hundred pets, if the owners bring a cage and supplies their animal needs. It maybe the difference of staying in a healthy environment, which they feel comfortable vs. an unfamiliar place that stresses the pet out because you have not taught them that a cage is a safe place to be. Talk to state licensed kennel who boards pets. MAKE PLANS AHEAD! The kennel will need a copy of health records and up-to-date rabies shot number and date due. (State law)
Ask for a state and county list of accommodations that will be available in a disaster. Have your pet tattooed or micro -chipped. Ask to have a copy of all up-to-date health records. Ask a vet to make up a “First Aid Kit” with everything needed for two weeks. Don’t forget medications. Make a list of your pets’ special needs, like amount of food fed, personality, habits, and anything else you can think of to make the animal more comfortable. Don’t forget a good Photo to help locate them should they get lost. Put everything in an airtight bag and label it, with your name, address and phone numbers. Keep on file at the vets, your home, neighbor, friend, relative and kennel. Sign ahead an authorization for treatment, how much you wish to spend, what you would or would not want done. Plan ahead so when the disaster happens, you’ll be prepared
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO, TO MAKE IT LESS STRESSFUL?
Teach them to like eating, sleeping and riding in a cage. If you don’t own a cage buy one. Needs to be large and tall enough for them to move around in, and be able to hang a food and water bowl inside. Newspaper & towels needed.
FOOD & WATER
Keep an extra bag of dry food, plus canned. Put in an airtight plastic container with a can opener, spoon, plus 3 gallons of distill water.
Small bottle of disinfectant so can mix following instructions on label. Need a spray bottle.
FEELING OF WELL BEING
Provide something with your own scent on it, like a towel, to make the pet comfortable & warm. Collar and lead, to go for walks & to bathroom.
Information provided by Patricia Johnson.