Make a Plan
Disasters can happen without warning, so be prepared for these events by making the following preparations.
- 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 transport crate before a crisis
- Practice transporting your pet by taking them in 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 nearby the exit
- Ensure proper equipment for pets to ride in the car:
- 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.
- Decide where you and your pet are going to stay. Based on the severity of a disaster, you may have two options for your pets:
- Sheltering in place
- Sheltering in a facility away from home (during an evacuation)
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 in (such as vents or beneath heavy furniture)
- 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
- 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.