Pledge to Take Your Pets with You
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Sponsor: Humane Society of the United States
Pets are family and should never be left behind.
Disasters can happen any time. Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and more can lead to a sudden and desperate evacuation from a dangerous situation. Worse, during the chaos of a sudden disaster, pets are often terrified and hide right when their family is running out of time to get out.
Sometimes that means pets — especially cats — may be left behind.
Luckily there are specific steps you can take to ensure your beloved pet is ready for travel and provided for! Pledge to the best of your ability to plan for your pet's safety during a disaster, and learn about some important steps you can take right now.
Pet Disaster-Preparedness Kit
Make sure your family (including pets) is ready for disaster by putting together a disaster-preparedness kit
My basic disaster kit includes:
- Food and water for at least five days for each pet, bowls and a manual can opener if you are packing canned pet food. People need at least one gallon of water per person per day. While your pet may not need that much, keep an extra gallon on hand to use if your pet has been exposed to chemicals or flood waters and needs to be rinsed.
- Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container and a first-aid kit. A pet first-aid book is also a good idea.
- Cat litter box, litter, litter scoop and garbage bags to collect all your pets' waste.
- Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers to transport pets safely and to ensure that your pets can't escape. Make sure that your cat or dog is wearing a collar and identification that is up to date and visible at all times. Carriers should be large enough to allow your pet to stand comfortably, turn around and lie down. (Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for hours at a time.) Be sure to have a secure cage with no loose objects inside it to accommodate smaller pets — who may also need blankets or towels for bedding and warmth as well as special items, depending on their species.
- Current photos of you with your pets and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated — and to prove that they are yours once you're reunited.
- Written information about your pets' feeding schedules, medical conditions and behavior issues along with the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care.
I will plan for my pets' welfare in case of a disaster!
I pledge to create a disaster kit for my pet that includes food and water for five days, as well as vital medications and medical records, in a waterproof container.
I will ensure that safe carriers are readily available to transport my pet to safety, as well as sturdy leashes and harnesses.
I will keep current photos of my pet with me, as well as descriptions, my phone number, and my vets name and number, in case were separated.
I will research options for help with shelter, boarding, and care in case of an emergency.
If there is news of an imminent disaster in my area, I pledge to follow the news closely, and evacuate early so that I can get my family and my pets to safety. I will not leave at the last minute, because that is how pets are often lost.
I pledge to the best of my ability to be ready.