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Disaster Preparedness Checklist

  • Current copy of vaccination records (most kennels will not accept an animal without proof of vaccines)

  • Photos of your animal(s) in case you become separated. You may want to have "lost" posters already made up in the event you don't have the supplies to make them during an emergency

  • Collar, leash and carrier to safely transport your pet(s) (extra collar, leash or carrier in case you encounter a lost/stray animal)

  • Minimum of three days supply of your pet(s) regular food

  • Minimum of three days supply of bottled water

  • Bowls, can opener and utensils for feeding your pet(s)

  • Treats (will help relieve stress and can also be used to lure a lost/stray animal)

  • Toys (relieves stress and comforts pet(s)

  • First aid kit (should include antiseptic, topical ointment, dressing and any medication your pet(s) are currently taking. A book on pet first aid may also be helpful)

  • Soft muzzle (if your animal is injured, or you encounter an injured animal, they may bite out of fear or pain. It is highly recommended they be muzzled before handling)

  • Blanket or towels

  • Dry shampoo and brush

  • Disposable baggies to pick up after your dog(s)

  • Cat litter, scooper and temporary litter box (disposable aluminum foil pans work well)

If you are forced to evacuate your home and cannot take your pet(s) with you, take the following steps:

  • Never leave your dog(s) chained or tied up (they may drown in a flood or accidentally hang themselves when panicked).

  • Make sure your pet(s) are wearing identification (cats and dogs should have I.D.)

  • Confine your pet(s) in a small room with no windows but plenty of ventilation. Leave familiar toys and bedding in the room (keep cats and dogs separated even if they are the best of friends)

  • Leave plenty of dry food and water (an animal can drink several gallons of water a day when in a stressful situation)

  • Place a notice on the front door stating that pet(s) are inside, telling where they can be located, and requesting the reader notify animal control or the humane authorities. Provide a telephone number where you can be located

Preparing for the worst is one way of reducing the chance that the worst will happen.

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