Disaster Planning for Your Pet

Plan ahead and keep your pet safe during a disaster.

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From the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services:

We can never know when a disaster may happen. Proper planning is the first step in handling an emergency situation and keeping your pets safe during a disaster is no exception. If you live in a disaster prone area, it’s especially important to have a plan ready and a place to house your pets once a crisis hits.

Keep In Mind

Heres a list of things you should keep in mind when putting together your familys pet disaster plan:

  • Remember, unless your pet is a certified service animal, like a dog for the visually impaired, you will NOT be able to take your pet to a Red Cross Shelter. Prepare a list of vet clinics and boarding kennels that may be able to take your pet(s) in case of a disaster.
  • Some hotels and motels have “pet friendly” policies. If you get advance warning of a disaster, make reservations immediately.
  • Friends and family outside the affected disaster area might also be a good resource for safe pet boarding in an emergency.
  • If you’ve been placed under a disaster warning, don’t waste precious time looking for your pets. Make sure your animals are inside and wearing collars with current ID tags.
  • Prepare a pet emergency supply kit and make sure each family member knows where it is.
    • A supply of pet food and treats
    • Drinkable water in plastic bottles
    • Can opener (for canned food)
    • Pet medications & medical records. Store them in a waterproof container.
    • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers
    • Pet beds and toys (if you have room)
    • Current photos of your pet in case they get lost
    • The name and contact information for your veterinarian

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