Disaster Prep for your pets

Pets are family – do you have a plan for your pet in an emergency? Including pets in emergency plans helps your family’s ability to respond to an emergency. Be prepared: make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pet.

Leaving pets out of evacuation plans can put pets, pet owners, and first responders in danger. Even if you try to create a safe place for them, pets left behind during a disaster are likely to be injured, lost, or worse. Before a disaster strikes, find out what type of shelters and assistance are available in your area to accommodate pets and include pets in your family disaster plan to keep them safe during an emergency.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Start today by including your pet in your family’s preparedness plans to protect the health of yourself, your family, and your pet.

Make a Plan

To get started, familiarize yourself with the types of disasters that could affect your area and consider your options for providing care for your pet(s).

Disasters can happen without warning, so be prepared:

Make sure your pet(s) wear collars and tags with up-to-date contact information and other identification.

Microchip your pet(s) – this is one of the best ways to ensure that you and your pet are reunited if you are separated. Always be sure to register the microchip with the manufacturer and keep your contact information up to date with the microchip company.

Purchase a pet carrier for each of your pets (write your pet’s name, your name, and contact information on each carrier).

Familiarize your pet with its carrier before a crisis.

Practice transporting your pet by taking them for rides in a vehicle similar to one you would be evacuating in.

Practice catching your pet, if needed.

Keep a leash and/or carrier near the exit.

Make sure you have proper equipment for pets to ride in the car (carriers, harnesses, pet seatbelts).

If you do not have a car, make arrangements with neighbors, family, and friends. You can also contact your local government to learn about transportation options during a disaster.

Sheltering in Place

When sheltering at home with your pet, make sure the room chosen is pet-friendly in the following ways:

Select a safe room, preferably an interior room with no (or few) windows.

Remove any toxic chemicals or plants.

Close off small areas where frightened cats could get stuck (such as vents or beneath heavy furniture).

Sheltering During an Evacuation

Contact your local emergency management office and ask if they offer accommodations for owners and their pets.

If accommodations are needed for your pet(s):

Contact local veterinary clinics, boarding facilities, and local animal shelters. Visit the Humane Society website to find a shelter in your area.

Contact family or friends outside the evacuation area.

Contact a pet-friendly hotel, particularly along evacuation routes.

Remember to take your pet’s emergency kit with you.

Make plans before disaster strikes for where you and your pets will go. Be aware that pets may not be allowed in local human shelters unless they are service animals.

Check with:

Family or friends outside the evacuation area.

Pet-friendly hotels

bringfido.com or call 877-411-FIDO

dogfriendly.com or call 888-281-5170

doginmysuitcase.com or call 888-254-0637

petfriendlyhotels.net or call 866-966-3046

pets-allowed-Hotels.com or call 800-250-1625



Prepare a Pet Disaster Kit

Prepare a disaster kit for your pet(s) so evacuation will go smoothly. Ask your veterinarian for help putting it together. Some examples of what to include are listed below; when making the kit, think about your pet’s basic needs, prescriptions, and paperwork.

Disaster Supplies for Pets:

Leash, collar with ID, and harness