Recent natural disasters have reminded us that people are not the only ones in danger. Pets are also caught up in the destruction and chaos that often accompanies tragedy. These five tips will help you be better prepared to protect your pet in the aftermath of a disaster and make sure to talk to San Bruno Pet about what you need for your pet in case of disaster.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call San Bruno Pet - we are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
Many disaster evacuation centers can’t accept pets.
Emergency shelters often provide vital relief for those displaced by disasters, but many shelters (e.g., Red Cross shelters) can’t take pets. The reason, as reported by the CDC, is that it would be in violation of health and safety regulations.
- You may need your pet’s medical records.
Many pet-friendly disaster shelters require up-to-date medical records for your pet. Much like signing your dog up for daycare, proof of up-to-date vaccinations will likely be required to ensure the safety of other pets and people. Always make sure to keep a record of your pet's vaccinations handy. Petly is a handy way to store all of your pet's records in one place online. Find out about Petly.
- In America, federal law requires states to include planning for domesticated species in their emergency evacuation plans.
As we saw during Hurricane Katrina, many pet parents will choose to stay in danger than abandon their pets. This became so obvious during the 2005 disaster that federal and state law has changed dramatically as a result. The resulting “Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act” requires that planning for domesticated animals be included in disaster plans. To learn what provisions have been set up in your state, follow this link to the Animal Legal and Historical Center.
- A microchip vastly improves your chances of reuniting with a lost pet.
1 in 3 pets will be lost in their lifetime. According to a study, reported by the AVMA, owners were successful in recovering dogs without microchips only 13% of the time. Conversely, dogs with a microchip were reunited 74.1% of the time. If you're caught in a disaster and separated from your pet, make sure to notify your microchipping company of any change of contact information; since they can't reunite you if they can't find you. Learn more about microchipping your pet.
- Don’t forget your pet in your disaster and first aid kits
An animal emergency supply kit is simple and smart. Start with a brightly colored backpack…you can easily find it in your closet or basement and ‘grab and go'. The bag should include a leash, an extra collar, a basic first aid kit, and other essentials found here. You should have an absolute minimum of 5 days worth of spare medication, a few sealed gallons of water and a sealed container of food.