Animal Disaster Preparedness
Are you and your pets ready?
As pet parents, we all understand the importance of providing our pets with the proper nutrition, exercise, and care to ensure their health and happiness. Often overlooked, however, is the significance of planning for your pet’s safety and care in the event of an emergency.
Between the devastating wildfires in neighboring counties to flooding in our region from this year’s historic rainfall, we are all too familiar with the threats and dangers associated with natural disasters. That’s why the Sacramento SPCA in partnership with Listos California and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation is proactively focusing on how to help the community before a disaster strikes.
Test Your Preparedness
Getting disaster ready is much simpler than you think. It starts with having a plan and emergency supplies ready for everyone in your family, including your pets. Complete our quick survey to test your disaster preparedness, and you’ll be entered into a monthly drawing to win a dog or cat “go bag” evac pak (pictured above).
Doing some small things today can help ensure your pets are safe and cared for when disaster strikes.
- Ensure a microchip and collar ID tag can identify your pet and that contact information is up-to-date.
- Prepare a “go bag” of pet supplies that is readily accessible in an emergency.
- Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know a pet is in the house if disaster strikes when you are not home.
- Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
- Identify a location to take your pet if you need to evacuate. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies in advance and ask relatives or friends if they can house you and your pet.
- Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
- If you must evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safekeeping.
Families looking to learn more about disaster preparedness and safety for their family (including pets) can visit Listos California.