Keeping your dog safe during an emergency or natural disaster

So many people don’t even think about having an emergency evacuation plan for their pup until it’s too late. Below are things you can do NOW so you are ready when (not if) the next emergency situation happens.

Have a crate with an extra leash, collar, bowls, toys, bones , and at least 3 days of food and water packed and ready to go so you can grab it quickly in an evacuation.

Know where you are going. Not all emergency shelters or hotels accept pets. Make sure to do your research and find out what hotels outside of your area are pet friendly. Also have a list of boarding kennels in surrounding areas in case you need to board your dog.

Make sure you have a copy of all vet records including recent vaccinations and an update picture of your pup. This should be kept with or near the crate so you can find it quickly in an emergency. Some emergency shelters and most boarding kennels will not allow your dog to stay without proof of current vaccinations. The picture will help you to locate your dog in case he/she is separated from you.

Update your dogs ID tags and microchip information. Often when a person moves or changes their number they forget to call the microchip company or get that new tag made. Having the correct contact information is critical to help getting your lost pup back to you in an emergency.

Have an exit plan. Talk to your neighbors and develop a plan to get your dog out of danger in case you aren’t home when disaster strikes. This should include who will take your dog and how you will find that person if cell phone communication is limited.