The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Montgomery County Humane Society - What Would You Do with Your Pets in an Emergency? - Preparing for Your Pets Now Makes Sense The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Montgomery County Humane Society - What Would You Do with Your Pets in an Emergency? - Preparing for Your Pets Now Makes Sense

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Montgomery County Humane Society - What Would You Do with Your Pets in an Emergency? - Preparing for Your Pets Now Makes Sense

New Year's Pet Owner Resolution #5 Make an emergency plan that includes your pets. Get or make a pet emergency supply kit. Plan what you will do in an emergency -- where you will go, who your contacts are (including your vet), and how you will accommodate your pets. Stay informed about different kinds of emergencies.

If you are like millions of animal owners nation-wide, your pet is an important member of your household. The likelihood that you and your animals would survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a buddy pet care system, are the same for any emergency.

Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for you animals.

If you must evacuate take your pets with you if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for your shelter alternatives that will work both for you and your pets.

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.

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