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How to Prepare Your Pet for a Weather-Related Emergency

21 May 2019 | Written by Freshpet
Weather-related disasters are something you hope to avoid, but whether you live in a northern or southern climate the possibility of extreme weather is a reality. Our pets rely on us to provide them with everything they need to be safe and happy, and planning for an emergency is no exception. Here are five ways you can prepare your pet for a weather-related disaster.

Get a rescue alert sticker

In the event that you’re not able to return home during a weather-related emergency, these stickers can be placed in your window and will let emergency services know that there is a pet inside your house. The ASPCA provides free rescue alert sticker as part of their free Pet Safety Pack – you can order yours here. If time allows, write “EVACUATED” on the sticker.

Have a list of pet-friendly places you can stay

If you know where you’d head in the event of a weather-related emergency, do some research in advance. Start by putting together a list of hotels, motels, or other places to stay that are pet-friendly. Next, contact local shelters, rescues, and boarding facilities to see if they offer emergency shelter in times of emergency. If neither of these options is available, find a friend or family who would be willing to take in your pet for a short amount of time.

Arrange an emergency contact

You never know when an emergency will happen, which is why it’s important to have an emergency contact in place. When choosing an emergency contact, keep a few things in mind: In the event of an emergency, your contact will become the temporary caregiver of your pets or the person who transports them to safety. You can even swap responsibilities with the person so that both of your pets have a safety plan in place.

Have an emergency bag ready to go

When disaster strikes, every second counts so it’s important to have the essentials packed and ready to go. In this bag you should have the following items:

Know what to do if you and your pet become separated

In the event that you and your pet become separated, it’s important to have a plan in place – this will help you stay calm and take action. There are three key things you can do: By following these five tips, you can rest assured that you’ve done everything you can to make sure your pet stays safe in the event of a weather-related emergency.

Responses to this Post

Karen Cavanagh
23 May, 2019 at 03:08 pm
Thanks you for posting this. Good suggestions that can go a long way to making sure your pets are taken care of during an emergency.

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