Knowing how to protect your pets well before disaster strikes can save you many headaches and can help keep them safe.
If your family needs to evacuate, it’s important to know where to take your pets. Some disaster shelters accept pets, but many do not — so if your family’s evacuation plan takes you to a shelter, check to see whether Fido is welcome or consider finding a pet-friendly shelter instead.
Alternatively, you can search for other places to take your pets. The American Red Cross says before a disaster strikes, you can investigate and make a list of places you can take your pet. Some potential options include:
If you’re not evacuating, you know it’s important to have emergency supplies for your family — and that includes your pets, too. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests compiling a pet emergency kit with the following items:
You may also need a few other things, depending on the type of pet you have — such as a disposable litter box and litter for cats, or cage liners for dogs.
The ASPCA also recommends placing an alert sticker near your front door where rescue workers can see it so they’ll know to save your pet if a fire or flood occurs when you’re not home.
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