Tips to Ensure your Pet is Taken Care of in the Event of a Disaster!

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National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is a great reminder that while people can be prepared for most disasters, they need to ensure their pets are also taken care of. Below are several ways that can help you and your pet family stay safe and secure in the event of a disaster.

High up on the list is to alert any potential rescuers that you have pets in the home. There are several signs or stickers you can purchase to place near your front door that will let people know how many animals you have and what they are. This can be especially useful in the event of a fire, even more so if you aren’t there when it occurs. The ASPCA even offers them for free by filling out this form online and ordering them.

Next is to always have a plan of action according to the disaster. Your area may be prone to earthquakes, tornados, floods, wildfires, hurricanes; all of which present their own unique problems to deal with.

Since tornados and earthquakes generally have the least amount of warning, you will need to have a prepared room in the house (or separate storm shelter) where you and your pets can be safe. While some pets may not like it, it can be crucial to practice a few times so that you are ready in the event of a disaster. Every animal has a certain place they like to hide, especially when scared. Learn where your pets hiding spots are so you can get to them quickly. When you are up against disasters with more warning, albeit equally destructive potential, make sure you have prepared disaster supplies ready for your family and your pets. Bowls, five days of water and food, plus first aid are all very much needed. Carriers and leashes also need to be close by, even for cats. They may not like the leash, but at least they won’t get away from you.

Sometimes disasters aren’t nearly as destructive, such as snowstorms or blackouts, but can cause similar issues to crop up. You still need to maintain backup food and water for your pets at all times and we recommend restocking your supplies at least every six months.

Expanding on this, make sure all of your pets are wearing collars with a good contact number in the event that they do get away and to double up extra security, we highly recommend getting your pet microchipped. It is generally not too expensive and will ensure that should your pet ever reach a vet or animal shelter, they will find their way back to you.

Please keep in mind that while your pets are animals, they are domesticated and depend on you for survival. If you couldn’t survive the upcoming disaster, they probably will not either. Never leave them behind for any reason.

Your animals are part of your family and we here at Espree want them to be as safe as possible in any situation. Hopefully you will never have to worry about a disaster affecting you and your pets, but it is always important to be prepared.

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