Lost Pet Preparedness Tips
Pets are more likely to get lost during an emergency situation or weather disaster such as a tornado, wildfire, or hurricane. Everyone in the path of these disasters should take necessary precautions and prepare their family for the worst-case scenario. The risk of losing pets is often forgotten, until it is too late. To ensure a safe return, check out these lost pet preparedness tips!
Prepare Against Lost Pets
Before a disaster hits, check with local shelters, hotels and motels to see if they are pet friendly and what their policies are. In addition, contact local pet boarding facilities to see if they can care for your pets should an emergency arise. Keep up with all vaccines, as they will need to be up-to-date for your pets to be admitted into a boarding facility or kennel.
As your would with family members, you should also have a pet emergency kit. Items to include are:
- Food for at least 3 days
- Water for at least 3 days
- Any current medications or medicine
- Certificates of vaccinations
- Extra collar or harness and leash
- Current ID tag and rabies tag
- Crate or pet carrier
- Sanitation needs such as a litter box and litter
- Additional bedding
- Familiar items such as treats and toys
Evacuating & Lost A Pet?
While evacuating your home, pets may panic and easily run out an open door. Make sure all pets are wearing a collar with up-to-date identification information, and are microchipped. If your pet is missing, hang signs around your neighborhood and call the local animal control and Humane Society to see if they were found.
Found A Lost Pet?
You may be able to help a family to reunite with a lost pet. If you find a unfamiliar dog, check their tag if they come when called. Cats can be more difficult and you may need to catch them. Alert your local animal control, veterinarians, or Humane Society about any pets you found. Most will scan found pets for a microchip free of charge.
At ALE Solutions, we are happy to accommodate special family members! We seek out pet-friendly housing options for displaced policyholders. For more information, please visit alesolutions.com