If an emergency were to strike, your best source of
defense is to BE PREPARED.
-- Make arrangements with a family member, a friend, or
a neighbor who will take in your pet if you are unable to return home.
Give them a key to your home or let them know where you have a spare key
-- Type or print up an "Emergency Caree of Companion
Animals" card and place it in a prominent place in your wallet. The card
should state the number and type of pets in your home and who should be
contacted in the event you are injured or hospitalized and cannot return
-- If you are at home when a disaster happeens and you
must evacuate, never leave your animals behind! Make arrangements to
take them to a family member, a veterinary office, an animal shelter or,
ideally, to stay with you.
-- Make sure your pets are wearing a collarr and tag
with your name and phone number.
-- Have a supply of their food (and water) on hand as
well as any medication they may be taking.
-- Keep handy a cat carrier (one for each ccat or other
small animal you have) as well as a leash (one for each dog you have).
By taking these simple, preventative measures, you will
have peace of mind that your pets will be taken care of in case of
And don't forget, companion animals have an enormous
power to comfort us during difficult times, whether it's an earthquake,
a fire, a death of a loved one, or even a terrorist attack. Stroking
your cat or other small pet or taking your dog for a walk can help lower
your blood pressure and bring a sense of normalcy back to the otherwise
chaotic situation occurring in your life.
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