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Emergency Pet Preparedness July 13, 2005 1:59 PM

Pet Care and Nutrition

Emergency Pet Preparedness

Emergencies come in many forms and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. And each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.

Order a FREE ASPCA Rescue Alert StickerThis easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home, in case you cannot. The card must be visible to rescue workers. It must contain 1) the types and number of pets in your household; 2) the name of your veterinarian; and 3) your veterinarian's phone number.

Fill out our order form for an emergency pet alert sticker for your home (please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery). You may also contact your local pet supply store to determine if they carry similar stickers for purchase.

Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. If you do, they may be at risk for injury or even worse. Red Cross disaster shelters will not accept pets because of health and safety regulations. So it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time.

  • Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities for use in the event of an emergency.
  • Check with your local animal shelter to determine if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
  • Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

Keep an emergency kit handy for your pets. This kit should contain the following:

  • Pet first-aid kit and guide book.
  • Canned (pop-top) or dry food.
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect) .
  • Litter or paper toweling.
  • Pet feeding dishes.
  • Extra leash.
  • Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires. (Remember that food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit otherwise they will go bad or become useless.)
  • Bottled water.
  • A pet traveling bag or sturdy carrier, ideally for each pet.
  • Flashlight.
  • Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet).
  • Photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters).

This is something that should take considerable time and thought. You should make plans for a temporary home for your pets in the event of an emergency. (And also make arrangements for a permanent home in the event you can no longer care for your pet.)

When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone that is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with a neighbor who has pets of their own. (You may even swap responsibilities depending upon who has accessibility.)

When choosing a permanent caregiver, other criteria should be considered. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this "foster parent," consider people who have met your pet and have successfully cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.

Additionally, you will want to provide a trust for your pet's financial future. Unlike a will, a trust provides for your pet immediately, and can apply not only if you die, but if you become disabled. You may designate your permanent caregiver as the trustee, or choose a separate person to be the trustee of the funds that you have set aside for your pet's care.

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Emergency Pet Preparedness (cont..) July 13, 2005 2:00 PM

Pet Care and Nutrition

Contact your attorney or the ASPCA at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4554 for more information on trusts, wills, and how much money to set aside for your pet's needs in the event you are unable to care for them.


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Be a Lifesaver July 13, 2005 2:08 PM

Disaster Planning Can Save Your Pet in an Emergency


The scruffy-looking dog without a collar almost didn't make it. Sixty days after the hurricane had hit he was still lingering at the Suncoast Humane Society in Englewood, Florida, waiting for his family to claim him.

But that morning in 2004, on a whim, Debra Parsons-Drake, executive director at Suncoast, decided that the aging pooch would be one of the dogs featured on a live news segment designed to showcase animals that had been displaced during the storm. A few minutes after the segment ended, Parsons-Drake received an anxious phone call—the dog's guardian had seen the program and she was eager to be reunited with the family's beloved pet. It was the same day that her 9-year-old son was scheduled to see a therapist to help him deal with their personal tragedy. The family had lost everything—everything, except their dog.

Expect the unexpected. The phrase is repeated so often that it has lost its power and gravity. Does anyone really expect, let alone plan for, that one day when their home, vehicle, possessions, and all means of communication will suddenly be gone? Does anyone expect to find themselves in the same position as that poor family in Florida?

Yet that's what happens to many people every year during hurricane and tornado season. No matter where you live, the unexpected can occur. Disasters come in all forms. From blizzards to wildfires, earthquakes to hurricanes, terrorist attacks to floods, emergencies occur in all parts of the country, which means that everyone should have a disaster plan for their family—including one for pets.

"It's crucial to make plans ahead of time to ensure your pets' safety in times of emergency," says Betsy McFarland, HSUS director of communications for the Companion Animals section. "Whether it's a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, you must have a plan in place. Pets depend on their caregivers to provide for their safety and well being. Putting a disaster plan into place is just part of being a good pet caregiver."

Remember that good disaster planning takes every possibility into consideration. For example, traffic accidents involving hazardous trucks can close streets and neighborhoods many miles away. What will you do if you can't get home to care for your pet? Make plans ahead of time. Arrange for a trusted neighbor who is frequently at home to evacuate your pets if an evacuation order is issued and you are at work. Keep a three-day supply of your pet's food, medicines, leash, veterinary records, and other necessities altogether in a pet carrier that's ready to go.

Many disasters occur without warning. But if advance notice is given—whether it's two days or two hours—always take the necessary precautions. "We recommend that people err on the safe side when it comes to their animal's and their own safety," says Suncoast's Parsons-Drake. "During the hurricanes in 2004 many people said that they waited too long to get out of the area, and by the time the storm was there they couldn't find their animals."

Parsons-Drake also suggests that, in the case of a severe weather alert, pet guardians should put a piece of duct tape on their animal's collar with the name and number of a friend or relative living out of state since disasters can wipe out landlines and cell phone service for several days. "We could have saved so many more animals if people would have realized that all forms of communication can completely shut down indefinitely, making it nearly impossible for people to contact you."

Horse guardians are equally susceptible to disasters, particularly barn fires. A new booklet from the Humane Society of the United States, Making Your Horse Barn Fire Safe, will help horse owners prevent tragedy and protect their horses and barns from tragedy. The booklet can be downloaded or purchased for a small fee.

These are just a few tips for those looking for information on disaster and emergency preparedness. For more information, visit The HSUS Disaster Center.

Whether it's a tornado, a traffic accident or a terrorist attack, preparedness can help save lives. Pets are part of the family, and it's imperative that they be included in all family disaster plans. Remember, they're counting on you.

From: Be a Lifesaver: Disaster Planning Can Save Your Pet in an Emergency

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Disaster Preparedness for Pets July 13, 2005 2:22 PM

Cat Rescue during Flood

Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, hazardous material spills—disasters can strike anytime, anywhere. If you think you will never have to evacuate unless you live in a flood plain, near an earthquake fault line or in a coastal area, you may be tragically mistaken. It is imperative that you make preparations to evacuate your family and your pets in any situation. In the event of a disaster, proper preparation will pay off with the safety of your family and pets.

To view the full article please visit: Disaster Preparedness for Pets

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HSUS Disaster Center July 13, 2005 2:32 PM

The Humane Society of the United States Disaster Services Program welcomes your interest and support. Browse through our preparedness information, consider how you can become a Disaster Animal Response Team member, and learn how you can support our teams in protecting animals from disasters.

HSUS Disaster Center

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 July 13, 2005 3:16 PM

Disaster Preparedness Quiz
Are You Prepared? Find out by taking our test:

Imagine that a police officer knocks at your door. A hurricane is quickly approaching, and you have 45 minutes to evacuate.

If You Have Pets:

  1. Can you gather all your pets and put them into pet carriers in time? Do you have carriers for all your pets?
  2. Are all your pets wearing collars and ID tags with their name, your name, your telephone number, and an emergency telephone number?
  3. If your cat escapes the cat carrier and becomes lost, could you provide a photograph?
  4. Do you know where you can go with your pets in the event of an emergency evacuation? Do you know of any pet-friendly motels nearby? Do you know where your local emergency animal shelter is located?
  5. Do you have your veterinarian's telephone number on your list of emergency numbers in case your dog or cat becomes ill?

If You Have Horses

  1. Can you have your horses loaded on the trailer ready to leave in time? Will your horse trailer hold all your horses?
  2. Is your horse wearing a halter with her name, your name, your telephone number, and an emergency telephone number on it?
  3. Do you know where you can go with your horses in the event of an emergency evacuation? Do you know where your local emergency equine shelter is located?
  4. Do you have your horses' Coggins tests in your emergency packet to present to the officer at the emergency shelter?
  5. When you arrive at the emergency shelter to pick up your horse after several days, could you provide identification photos and descriptions from your emergency packet to prove ownership?

If You Have Farm Animals

  1. Can you evacuate your animals in time?
  2. Have you mapped out an evacuation route?
  3. Do you have a safe place to shelter your animals on your property if you cannot evacuate them?
  4. Do you have materials on hand to reinforce your barn and outbuildings?
  5. Do you have a backup plan for feeding and watering your animals should your power supply be cut off?

If you answered "no" to any of these questions, we can help you. Read our disaster planning brochures, which will show you how to protect your animals when disaster strikes.

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 July 13, 2005 7:26 PM

excellent information, thank you for providing it, I think it's good to refresh yourself with these guides even when we already have an emergency preparedness kit and plan ready, just to keep us on the ball should something arise.  [ send green star]
Free Pet Rescue Sticker July 26, 2005 12:16 AM

Order a FREE ASPCA Rescue Alert Sticker
ASPCA Pet Rescue StickerHere's your opportunity to get a free ASPCA Rescue Alert sticker for your home or office. This easy to fill out card will alert people that pets are inside your home in the event there is an emergency.
These stickers can be affixed to any window and alert emergency rescue staff, such as firemen, as to what types and how many pets are in your home so they may be saved from disaster as well.
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See Other Group Thread July 27, 2005 6:13 PM

Traveling With Pets

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Pet Hurricane Katrina Relief August 31, 2005 6:24 PM

Please See Important Group Thread: Hurricane Katrina Pet Help

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 September 01, 2005 12:19 AM

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Animal Disaster Preparedness Tips September 07, 2005 2:06 PM

The type of companion animal you have dictates specific needs when disaster strikes. Check out tips for our companion animals and also our species-specific tips lists below.
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Banners - Pet Disaster Preparedness September 23, 2005 4:13 PM

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Pet Safety During a Disaster September 23, 2005 7:03 PM
For Complete Resources on Pet Disaster Preparedness
and Much More Please See the Following Links.
-A Few Things To Remember During a Disaster-
Do NOT Leave Your Pet Anywhere Close to
Where the Storm/Disaster is Going to Hit,
Locked in a Cage, Tied Up, or Somewhere They May Become Trapped
Such as a Shelter, House, Vet, Groomer's, Etc.

If You Must Leave Them in a Shelter, or Trusted Person's Home, Etc.
Find One in Another City or State, Far Away From the Disaster Zone,
 Not in Danger of Being Hit!
I hope we've all learned, from the suffering of Hurricane Katrina's Pets, that buildings do get flooded and animals trapped in cages, rooms, etc. barbarically and painfully die, in horror, while their inclosure's slowly fill with water.
If you haven't seen the news reports about this, here's what happen:
"The Emergency Rescue Team lead by Diane
saved the lives of 21 precious animals from the Humane Society
of South Mississippi. This Gulf Port shelter was completely
destroyed and yet these 21 animals managed to swim in their
cages for over 7 hours to stay alive."
"In Mississippi, many pets were either left to fend for themselves
in the powerful winds or trapped in flooding cages as owners fled."
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Download the Disaster Checklist September 23, 2005 7:05 PM

Planning ahead is the key to keeping yourself
and your companion animals safe during a disaster.
Download the
Disaster Checklist
Keeping Companion Animals Safe During Disasters
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Emergency Pet Supply December 07, 2005 3:59 AM

Are you prepared for the next major emergency or disaster? Protect yourself and your loving pets with disaster-preparedness products at Quake Kare. Peace of mind is just a click away.

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Pet Friendly Shelters in Florida March 08, 2006 8:26 AM

Best website for pet friendly shelters in Florida. Make plans now and take your animals!

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IFAW Animal Rescue Blog August 23, 2006 11:50 AM

IFAW Launches Web’s First Animal Rescue Blog

Thursday, August 17, 2006

(Yarmouth Port, MA – 17 August 2006) – IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare – has officially launched the Animal Rescue Blog at, the first blog on the Internet to focus solely on worldwide emergency relief efforts to save animals from manmade and natural disasters.

The Animal Rescue Blog ( will bring readers into the trenches of on- the-ground animal rescue efforts in disaster affected areas such as Lebanon and Israel, Indonesia and India. The Animal Rescue Blog will provide a single platform for the latest animal relief news, commentary and photos/videos from animal rescue efforts around the globe.

“We are connecting a virtual community of people interested in and committed to animal rescue work by using this highly interactive space to post regular updates from the field,” said Cassandra Koenen, IFAW’s Director of Online Campaigns and Marketing.

The blog provides a “pet’s eye view” of IFAW’s work and takes advantage of the Web 2.0 features to create a living web. Visitors can add their individual comments or use or digg to further amplify IFAW’s web presence. The blog will also take advantage of the technology offered by and Flickr to further enhance the experience for visitors with video and photographs submitted directly from rescue locations.

When families evacuating from Hurricane Katrina had to leave their pets behind or when families fleeing the war in the Middle East were forced to abandon their family pets, IFAW staff and sponsored volunteers risked their own lives to ensure that these animals would be fed and cared for in the absence of their owners. The Animal Rescue Blog tells these and other compelling stories.

IFAW is working every day around the world to rescue animals in harm’s way and to provide shelter and care for orphaned, injured, or mistreated animals, including stranded sea mammals and birds affected by oil spills. This new communication tool will educate the public about the importance of animal rescue work and inspire more people to get involved. While this blog will publish sad and tragic stories, it will also share the happy and triumphant ones that make IFAW’s animal rescue work worthwhile.

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW works to protect animals and their habitats. With offices in 15 countries around the world, IFAW works to protect whales, elephants, great apes, big cats, dogs and cats, seals, and other animals. To learn how to help, please visit

For media-related inquiries, contact:
Kerry Branon (IFAW)
Tel: (508) 744-2068

Editors: For more information visit:

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