Including Your Pet In Disaster Preparedness
The Oregon Humane Society encourages pet owners to keep their pets in mind when preparing for disaster or an emergency.
Assemble a pet survival kit and keep it with you.
- In order to contain and control your pets during an evacuation, you’ll need a harness and leash for each dog and a carrier for each cat. In choosing a cat carrier, choose one that is large enough to serve as a temporary apartment for your cat.
- Pre-pack your pet’s kit in a backpack for ease in transportation and include supplies for at least one week.
- Include dry food, clumping cat litter, water, serving dishes, small litter box, litter scoop, and plastic bags for waste disposal. Pet first aid kits and vaccination records are a must.
- Remember any pet medication, favorite toy or bed, and some treats
Tag, microchip, and photograph your pets. Current pet identification is the single most important thing you can do to help ensure that you will be reunited with a lost pet. Make certain your pet (even an indoor only cat) is wearing a collar with visible identification tags with your cell number. A microchip implant is a secure form of identification that can’t be lost. Be sure to carry a photograph with you to increase the likelihood of finding a missing pet. TIP: if your mobile phone has a camera feature, take and store photos of your pets on your phone.
Get to know your neighbors.
Your neighbors may be home when a disaster hits and may be your best resource for evacuating your pets if you are at the office or away from the area and unable to reach your home.