Crisis Checklist Saving Your Pets Life When Disaster Strikes


Crisis Checklist Saving Your Pets Life When Disaster Strikes

Help could not come soon enough for the​ residents of​ New Orleans and the​ surrounding Gulf areas. But for devoted animal owners rescue came at​ a​ price…leave your pet behind. Having a​ plan in​ place before disaster strikes can save both you​ and your pet’s lives. Here’s what to​ do now.


General Helpful Hints

1 if​ you​ live in​ an​ apartment,​ consider putting an​ “animals inside” sign on​ your door. in​ case of​ fire,​ your pet’s chances of​ survival may increase if​ the​ firemen know.

2 Keep carrying cases,​ leads,​ etc. in​ an​ easily accessible location. if​ you​ must leave quickly,​ time spent looking for these items is​ time lost.


Know Your Neighbors

The help of​ a​ good neighbor can sometimes be your first line of​ defense.

1. Exchange your house or​ apartment key with a​ trusted neighbor. Exchanging keys with a​ neighbor offers the​ benefit of​ proximity. Should an​ unexpected crisis arise,​ your neighbor can reach your pets quickly. Friends or​ family may not know about the​ problem until it​ is​ too late.

2. Make a​ Plan. Discuss what to​ do in​ case of​ emergency. Do you​ have a​ cell phone? Make certain your neighbor has the​ number as​ well as​ any additional telephone numbers where you​ can be reached such as​ work or​ family. Write them on​ an​ index card in​ bold,​ large print,​ and laminate it.

3. Fido,​ Buffy,​ Max,​ Celia,​ Snorky… if​ you​ have more than one pet,​ make certain your neighbor has the​ following information:

a. the​ Number of​ Pets you​ Have. if​ they know how many pets they need to​ find,​ chances increase greatly all will be rescued.

b. What Type of​ Animals you​ Have. if​ Celia is​ a​ goldfish and your neighbor is​ looking for a​ dog,​ Celias’ chances of​ rescue drop. Make certain you​ are clear regarding the​ type of​ animal your neighbor should find.

c. Location of​ Pets in​ Your Home. This is​ important for caged animals such as​ birds,​ snakes,​ hamsters,​ etc. Do you​ keep your dog penned in​ the​ backyard? Let them know. the​ less time your neighbor spends searching for your pets,​ the​ more time they have to​ get them out quickly and safely.

d. Hi. My Name Is… if​ your neighbor can’t find your pet,​ they may respond if​ their names are called. Will they come when you​ whistle? Tell your neighbor. the​ more specific information they have,​ the​ better your pet’s chance of​ rescue.


On the​ Road Again

Before you​ leave for a​ vacation or​ an​ extended trip,​ talk with the​ person who will be caring for your pets. Make certain it​ is​ someone you​ trust such as​ a​ responsible family member,​ friend,​ or​ neighbor. if​ you​ use a​ pet sitting service,​ check their credentials before you​ leave. Ask for names of​ other clients who have used their services and call them to​ see if​ they were pleased. Better to​ know before you​ go rather than returning to​ an​ unpleasant surprise.

Discuss specifically what your sitter would do if​ a​ crisis arises and always leave contact numbers where you​ can be reached (hotel,​ cell phone,​ etc).
Points to​ consider:

1. if​ a​ problem occurs,​ will your sitter take your pets until you​ return? if​ not,​ give them the​ name and telephone number of​ a​ friend,​ family member,​ kennel or​ doggy spa they can contact to​ take your pets.

2. if​ an​ evacuation occurs,​ will your sitter take your pets?

3. in​ case of​ evacuation,​ give your sitter the​ telephone number of​ a​ family member or​ friend outside the​ effected area who can act as​ a​ contact. if​ you​ and your sitter cannot reach each other,​ you​ can each call the​ contact who can help relay information.

4. if​ one must leave the​ area,​ prearrange with family or​ friends within driving distance to​ take your pets. if​ you​ have more than one pet,​ ask in​ advance to​ make certain they can house all of​ them. if​ not,​ find others who can.


Name,​ Rank and Serial Number

Make certain your pets have proper identification. Include your last name and telephone number as​ well as​ the​ pet’s name on​ the​ ID tag. if​ you​ have one,​ consider using a​ cell phone number in​ case you​ and your pet are separated and you​ can’t go home.


Your Little Black Book

Begin collecting important telephone numbers and information now so you​ have them if​ you​ need them. to​ gather this information,​ conduct an​ Internet search for your area or​ contact animal associations such as​ the​ ASPCA or​ the​ Humane Society. Your list should also include your vet and a​ 24 hour animal hospital.

1. Pet Friendly Shelters: Many shelters may not accept pets in​ need of​ a​ temporary safe haven,​ but some do. Find the​ ones in​ your areas just in​ case.

2. Dog Friendly Lodging: Should you​ be displaced,​ know where to​ go. if​ you​ can’t reach friends or​ family,​ the​ names,​ addresses,​ and telephone numbers of​ hotels and motels which accept pets can be a​ life saver.

3. Animal Rescue Centers. Even the​ best laid plans go astray. if​ this happens,​ call your local animal shelter or​ vet and ask if​ they can provide assistance. if​ you​ have more than one pet,​ confirm that they will be able to​ take them all.

4. Here are a​ few starting points for more information.

American Society for the​ Prevention of​ Cruelty to​ Animals
American Veterinary Medical Foundation
American Humane Association
Petfinder.com


If you​ Must Evacuate

If the​ situation becomes so dire you​ must leave,​ consider the​ following. Generally,​ time is​ of​ the​ essence.

1. Leave as​ quickly as​ possible and take your pets with you! Don’t leave your pets behind thinking you​ can return and get them. Very often,​ you​ will not be permitted to​ return until the​ crisis is​ over.

2. if​ you​ are driving,​ load up the​ animals and hit the​ road. if​ you​ can’t take your pets where you​ are going,​ use your back up family member or​ friend plan first. Then your dog friendly lodging or​ rescue shelter options. if​ worse comes to​ worse,​ you​ may be able to​ find someone along the​ way who can help you.

3. if​ you​ cannot take your pet(s) to​ a​ safe place and you​ MUST evacuate,​ help improve your pet’s chances to​ stay alive. Make certain dogs are unchained or​ uncaged. Pets left alone will rely on​ their natural instincts to​ survive.






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