Disaster can strike in many forms. A flood, a hurricane, a major threat and other national disasters can send you and your beloved pet fleeing from your home. Do not be caught without a plan. Take the time to plan well in advance. This way you are sure your pet will have some place safe to go.
A safe place for your pet can be any of the following:
• A friend’s or relative’s home. Make a list of those nearby, out of your immediate area and, in case it is necessary, farther away.
• A hotel or motel. Do your research. Check to see what hotels and motels have a pet-friendly policy. Keep a list of them names, numbers and web sites. Check for their locations on the net and be aware of the requirements of each option.
• Boarding kennels. Become aware of nearby and further afield boarding kennels and their policies. Make sure you allow yourself a wide radius. Check their qualifications out. Make a visit and inspection of the facilities. Ask questions about availability, short notice etc. How much notice do they require? Is your dog happy in a kennel?
• Veterinarians. You may be able to find an emergency and safe place for your dog in a vet clinic. Your vet may accept pets. Your vet may also be able to recommend other vest beyond the boundaries of your community.
• Shelters. Shelters are another option. They are in most communities. Check out the policy as well as location.
Once you have invested time and effort in compiling dog sitting and caring possibilities, place the material in a Pet Disaster Supply Kit. Keep it in a safe place. When the time comes, take it with you. It will help you take care of your animal during the emergency. You can also give it to the dogs’ caregiver to help them and your pet cope.
The Pet Disaster Supply Kit should contain
1. First aid material for your dog
2. Medical records and any necessary medications. Make sure the directions for giving the medicine is clear and succinct. Include a copy of the certificate of vaccination and immunization, spaying and similar information. Include the name and number of the animal’s vet in case there are any questions or problems.
3. Leashes, harnesses, halties, carriers and crates. These are required items of any kit. They are part of the animal’s basic wear. A crate or carrier doubles as a form of security blanket. It will remain your pet’s safe place even if you are not present.
4. Paper work such as a current photo, feeding information and personal data.
5. ID. Attach it to the collar but, keep a copy of the original license inside the kit as well as duplicate ID tags. If you know where your dog is going in advance, make ID tags up sporting this specific address and number. This will ensure your dog is correctly tagged.
6. Beddings and toys are a must. They provide your pet with a sense of familiarity and security.
7. Food and water. Include a food package. Provide enough dog food for a few days. Include water. This makes sure your pup does not change his or her diet during the initial period. Do not forget to include favorite treats.
If a disaster comes smashing in your door. Make sure you protect your entire family. This includes not only children but your dogs.