National Animal Disaster
I am teaming up with Hill's to bring you Emergency Pet Safety tips. The summer storm season and wild fires have started. Today is your day to get prepared.
The team at Hill’s Disaster Relief Network recommends that pet parents take steps to being “pet prepared” if a disaster should occur. These include scenario planning, as well as creating a Pet Emergency Go-Kit, which can be quickly accessed during a disaster event.
Hill’s is sharing seven tips to ensure your pet’s safety during an emergency:
- Ensure your pet can be identified by either a microchip or collar ID tag and that contact information is up-to-date.
- Prepare a “Pet Emergency Go-Kit” of pet supplies that is readily accessible in an emergency. Your Pet Emergency Go-Kit should include: first aid supplies and guide book; three-days’ supply of pet food (in a waterproof container) and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; comfort toys; and a blanket.
|Contents to include in your Pet Emergency Go-Kit. (Photo credit: Hill’s Pet Nutrition)|
- Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
- Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
- Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
- Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
- If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.
Displacement of pets is a serious issue. According to a paper published by the University of Colorado - No Place Like Home: Pet-to-Family Reunification After Disaster - more than 200,000 pets were displaced after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, and 95 percent were never reunited with their families.
|After a series of devastating tornadoes and storms in Moore, Oklahoma, the Humane Society of Tulsa assisted with emergency pet response and aid. (Photo credit: Humane Society of Tulsa)|
- In 2006, the challenge of pet displacement during disasters was recognized by the U.S. government with the passing of The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act.
- In 2013, Hill’s expanded its Food, Shelter & Love® program – through which it provides Science Diet® brand food to more than 800 shelters nationwide – to create the Disaster Relief Network.
- The first-of-its-kind network was established in 2013 as an extension of Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program, which has donated more than $280 million worth of Hill’s Science Diet® brand foods to over 1,000 shelters in the United States and helped more than eight million pets find new homes.
- In the last two years, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network delivered free food to more than 60 different shelters and veterinary clinics across the country in response to 25 major incidents – including floods in Colorado, fires in Idaho and Arizona, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, the mudslide in Washington state and tornadoes in the central and southern regions of the country. In 2015, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network has already assisted with three incidents – most recently with the March tornado damage in Moore, Oklahoma.
Additional information on planning for your pet’s safety during an emergency or disaster can be found on the following websites:Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® – Preparedness Tips &
Take a few minute today and get Pet Prepared!