What steps you can take to be prepared:
- Before disaster strikes, call around and make a list of local and just out of town motels and hotels that will accept pets. Even if they do not, ask if they will make an exception in the case of tornado, hurricane, flood, etc. Be sure to ask if there is an additional charge for pets. Most Red Cross shelters will not take pets in.
- Make a list of with phone numbers of friends, relatives, boarding facilities, animal shelters, or veterinarians that may take care of your pets in times of emergencies.
- Be prepared for your animals to be separated if you can’t find someone to take in more than one. It will be hard on them, but safety first.
- Make sure your pets vaccinations are up to date, and that you have proof to show whoever is taking your pets in. Many pet shelters will require proof of up to date vaccinations. This is good for your pet as well as others.
- Having your pet micro chipped is a good idea in case they should “get away from” whoever has taken them in.
June is National Pet Preparedness Month
It is that time of year for bad weather. Let us all take some time to be prepared for our pets. They are part of your family.
This checklist was from The American Red Cross.
Stay tuned for part 2 & 3.