First, schedule an appointment to talk to your pet's veterinarian about
planning for a disaster. Ensure your pet's vaccinations are up to date
and secure a copy of the pet's medical records.
Assemble a "Pet Disaster Kit." The kit and supplies should be stored in
an accessible location in the event that someone else has to transport
your pet. Keep the kit updated and available. Suggested items include:
- 1 gallon zipper storage bag to hold the contents.
- Sandwich-size bags for pet treats and a small toy.
- Pet Health Record. (each pet should display a current rabies
tag at all times)
- Current picture of your pet (also include a picture of you and
your pet) with your name address and phone numbers.
- Collar and leash for dogs, and an adjustable collar for cats.
- An extra identification tag.
- Any special information on your pet.
Since you may not be home when an evacuation order is announced, find a
trusted friend who is willing to take your pets and meet you at a
prearranged location. This person should be comfortable with your pets,
know where the pets should be, know where your disaster supplies and
kits are located, and have a key to your home. Share your plan with
friends and relatives.
If forced to evacuate your home, your pet should NOT be left behind. As
the disaster approaches, bring all pets in the house so that you won't
have to search for them if you have to leave in a hurry. Pets are not
permitted in Red Cross shelters (except for working dogs for people with
special needs). Plan to go to a friend or relative's home, or a
hotel/motel where your pet is welcome.