72 Hour Emergency Kit / How to prepare your pets

Pet EM Kit.jpgDo you have a plan for your family pet in case of a flood, earthquake, fire or other disaster? Having supplies and a plan before a disaster will give you peace of mind, save precious time and maybe even your pet’s life.

Pet Emergency Kit Checklist

  • Food/Water (7 day supply)
  • ID tag and Collar
  • Sturdy Crate and/or carrier
  • Pet first-aid kit
  • Leash and Harness
  • Collapsible bowls
  • For cats, litter box and litter
  • Manual can opener
  • Recent photos of your pet
  • Copy of pets vaccination history
  • Emergency phone numbers & addresses

Your Pets are Counting on You.  Don’t expect rescue centres to have supplies for your pets – make it your responsibility. Designate someone to help you out if you are not home when a disaster strikes.

During a Disaster.  Try your best to take your pet with you. If this is NOT possible when you evacuate, follow these guidelines to help ensure your pet’s safety:

  • Post a highly visible sign in a window to let rescue workers know how many pets (including a description of each) were left behind.
  • Leave plenty of water in a large tip-proof container inside and outside your home.
  • Pet Dog in flood.jpgLeave dry food in timed feeders (check local pet stores) thus preventing your pet from eating a week’s worth of food in one day.
  • Do not tether or cage pets as the chances for survival are greater if they can escape easily.

Finding Your Pet Following a Disaster

  • Immediately check in with your local animal shelter to report your pet missing. They may have already rescued your pet.
  • When it’s safe, return to your neighbourhood to search for your pet and to post and distribute “lost pet” posters.
  • Ask neighbours, letter and newspaper carriers, joggers and others to look out for your pet.
  • Don’t give up, sometimes lost pets turn up months after they have gone missing. 

Special Considerations for Farm Animals

Commercial Livestock Owners