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Emergency Pet Preparedness July 12, 2005 12:13 PM

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. STEP 1: Rescue Alert Sticker This 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. STEP 2: Arrange A Safe Haven 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. STEP 3: Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kit 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). STEP 4: Choose "Designated Caregivers" 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. 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.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Emergency Pet Preparedness (cont..) July 12, 2005 12:14 PM

STEP 5: Evacuation Preparation Time is of the essence when you must evacuate your home in a crisis. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps: -Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible. -Make sure all pets are collared with up-to-date identification. Your pet's ID tag should contain his name, telephone number, and any urgent medical needs. -The ASPCA recommends microchipping your pet for the most permanent identification. (A microchip is implanted in the animal's shoulder area, and can be read by scanner at most local animal shelters.) -Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis. -Consider your evacuation route and call ahead to make arrangements for boarding your pet outside of the danger zone at the first sign of disaster. STEP 6: Geographic and Climatic Consideration You may live in an area that is prone to certain natural catastrophies, such as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods. If so, you should plan accordingly. -Locate rooms well in advance that offer safe havens. In other words, selected rooms that are clear of hazards such as windows, flying debris, etc. -Choose easy-to-clean areas such as utility rooms, bathrooms, and basements as safe zones. -Access to a supply of fresh water is particularly important. In areas that may lose electricity, fill up bathtubs and sinks ahead of time to ensure that you have access to water during a power outage and other more forseeable crises. -In the event of flooding, look for the highest location in your home, or for a room with access to counters or high shelves where your animals can take shelter. ABOUT OTHER PETS: BIRDS -Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier. -In cold weather, make certain you have a blanket over the cage. This may also help reduce the stress of traveling. -In warm weather, carry a spray bottle to moisten your bird's feathers periodically. -Have photos available and leg bands on for identification. -If the carrier does not have a perch, line it with paper towels and change those frequently. -Keep the carrier in as quiet an area as possible. It is particularly imperative that birds eat on a daily basis, so purchase a timed feeder. If you need to leave your bird unexpectedly, the feeder will ensure its daily feeding schedule. REPTILES -Snakes may be transported in a pillowcase, but you should have permanent and secure housing for them when they reach a safe place. -Take a bowl of water with you that is large enough for soaking, and also bring a heating pad. -Lizards should be transported like birds. SMALL ANIMALS -Animals such as hamsters, gerbils, mice, guinea pigs, etc., should be transported in secure carriers with bedding materials, food and food bowls. For additional disaster information, email us at From:  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Tips for Taking your Pet on an Airplane July 12, 2005 12:22 PM

From: Mike S. The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommend that you do not transport your pet by air unless absolutely necessary. But if you must: * Check with your airline first before bringing your pet to the airport. * Many airlines allow small pets to be carried in the passenger cabin, but make sure your kennel fits under the seat. * Before your trip, take your pet to the veterinarian for a checkup and make sure vaccinations are up-to-date. Do not give your pet tranquilizers unless prescribed by a veterinarian. * Don't feed your pet four to six hours before departure. * Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and an ID tag with destination information in case he escapes. * Book a direct flight and take the same flight as your pet. Avoid travel during busy travel times; your pet is more likely to be roughly handled then. * Don't ship pug-nosed animals such as Pekingese or bulldogs in cargo holds because their short nasal passages make them vulnerable to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke. * Buy a shipping crate that's approved by the Agriculture Department and large enough for your pet to stand, sit and change position comfortably. * Write "Live Animal" in big letters on the side and top of the crate. Draw arrows to show the upright position. On top of the crate, write the name, address and telephone number of the pet's destination, and who is picking up the animal. * Tape a photograph of the pet on top of the crate in case it escapes. * Line the crate bottom with bedding to absorb the impact from an accident. * Freeze your pet's water so it won't spill during loading but will melt by the time the pet is thirsty. Tape a small pouch, preferably of cloth, of dried food outside the crate. Copyright (c) 2005, The Associated Press  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Wow Lilith! July 12, 2005 1:19 PM

Great information for all with pets and please plan ahead of the strom, book flights and hotel rooms in advance, and do not even try to evacuate with pets or family during the Hurricane or you will find yourselves trapped in a vehicle right in deadly weather. By doing so in the heat of the storm not only do you place your pets, family but emergency workers at great risk. Plan A, Plan B and back up Plan C always! Love, Dreama Runyon  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Be a Lifesaver for Your Pet July 13, 2005 1:55 PM

. Be a Lifesaver: Disaster Planning Can Save Your Pet in an Emergency: Disaster Preparedness for Pets: .  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 July 13, 2005 7:45 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: Can you gather all your pets and put them into pet carriers in time? Do you have carriers for all your pets? Are all your pets wearing collars and ID tags with their name, your name, your telephone number, and an emergency telephone number? If your cat escapes the cat carrier and becomes lost, could you provide a photograph? 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? 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 Can you have your horses loaded on the trailer ready to leave in time? Will your horse trailer hold all your horses? Is your horse wearing a halter with her name, your name, your telephone number, and an emergency telephone number on it? 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? Do you have your horses' Coggins tests in your emergency packet to present to the officer at the emergency shelter? 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 Can you evacuate your animals in time? Have you mapped out an evacuation route? Do you have a safe place to shelter your animals on your property if you cannot evacuate them? Do you have materials on hand to reinforce your barn and outbuildings? 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.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 July 19, 2005 7:08 PM

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Pet Hurricane Katrina Relief August 31, 2005 6:28 PM

-Please See Important Information Below-

Hurricane Katrina Pet Help

Emergency Pet Preparedness

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 August 31, 2005 6:31 PM

International Fund for Animal Welfare August 31, 2005

Hurricane Response:
Help Rescue Stranded Pets

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Dear Cheryl,

By now you’ve already seen the horrific images on TV. Among them, victims of Hurricane Katrina trying desperately to rescue their pets from the tops of trees or the attics of their submerged homes...helpless to reach the animals they love.

Many families who were forced to evacuate quickly were unable to take their pets with them. For many of the hundreds of thousands who have lost everything, their pets are all they have left to give them comfort and strength. Not to mention the thousands of pets misplaced or completely abandoned.

As the situation continues to worsen, humanitarian agencies are doing their part to help and we must do ours.

IFAW is working with Code 3 Associates, Inc. to send its 78-foot disaster-relief and response unit to rescue animal victims of the hurricane and reunite them with their families. This self-sufficient mobile unit will be staffed by members of IFAW’s Emergency Relief Team, specially trained and certified for all types of rescue and animal care. The unit provides sleeping quarters for up to 12 rescue workers, a veterinary triage and exam center, and 125 cages to hold rescued animals.

This entire relief effort is funded by compassionate animal lovers like you. So please give what you can now. The more contributions we receive, the longer our animal rescue team can remain on the ground saving pets and bringing hope to the families that love them.

You can make sure abandoned and injured pets aren’t left behind

As overwhelmed authorities scramble to evacuate the human survivors left, it’s up to us to coordinate animal rescue operations and provide emergency care and shelter to animal victims.

Your tax-deductible contribution to our Animal Rescue fund will also go to help rebuild animal shelters that have been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Our rescue team is mobilizing right now. Its first stop on Friday will be to rescue 175 animals from a vet clinic 16 miles east of New Orleans. The water is rising and we need to get the animals out. In the weeks that follow, our relief workers will keep you up to date on our progress with written and audio diaries sent directly from the sites of the ongoing rescue efforts.

Right now, thousands of hurricane victims are depending on us to provide their animals with assistance. Your contribution will go directly to this rescue and relief effort, so please donate what you can now.

Thank you for your generous response,

Fred O’Regan
President and CEO, IFAW

P.S. The Big Animal Rescue Truck (B.A.R.T) was designed with one goal in mind: to support and extend the ability to effectively accomplish its mission in a disaster or emergency. B.A.R.T can remain totally self-sufficient for up to a week without re-supply. But it cannot fund itself. Your support is desperately needed to fund this rescue mission. And please forward this email to as many people as you can to help us meet our $130,000 goal.

IFAW © 2005

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 September 01, 2005 12:20 AM

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Animal Disaster Preparedness Tips September 07, 2005 2:07 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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Pet Safety During a Disaster September 23, 2005 7:36 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 7:36 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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