Disaster Preparation for Pets

First response experts say homeowners should have a ‘go-kit’ prepared in advance for family members and they say the same holds true for pets.

Posted: Jun. 15, 2018 8:49 AM
Updated: Jun. 15, 2018 9:11 AM

CHICO, Calif. – For the past several weeks, Action News Now has been providing the community with information and tips on how to keep yourself and your family safe during wildfire season.

Those safety measures are also recommended for your pets. Because emergency situations can happen at any moment, pet-owners are advised to pre-plan for an emergency.

First response experts say homeowners should have a ‘go-kit’ prepared in advance for family members and they say the same holds true for pets.

For many North State residents, wildfires which took place in October, 2017 offered a glimpse of how important it can be to have a plan in place for pets.

Animal rescue experts say there are several steps to take. First, it is recommended that your pet have proper and up-to-date identification. That means a current tag and even more secure is to have your animal microchipped.

Pet owners are urged to keep a picture of the animal on your cell phone or in a wallet. That way should you become separated from your pet in an emergency, you can show others a photo to help in the search to be reunited.

It is best to have a solid pet crate or carrier and have extra leashes or harnesses on hand.

And perhaps most importantly, it is advised to have a three day supply of food, water and any medicines your animal may take.

Patricia Mercer, the President and CEO of the Houston, Texas area SPCA, also has a reminder for pet owners. She says keep the pet ‘go-kit’ right next to those for other members of the household and take an extra step by including some comfort items for your pet, such as blankets or your pets’ favorite toys.

And last but not least, pet experts say it is best to learn in advance, which area shelters or emergency locations accept pets.

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