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From 16 February 2003 Issue

HSUS Offers Emergency Preparedness
Tips For Companion Animal Guardians

WASHINGTON (February 14, 2003) — The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal protection organization, is offering emergency preparedness tips for pet owners, so they may be prepared to care for their pets in these uncertain times.

“In today’s world, we must be ready for anything,” said Anne Culver, director for Disaster Services at The HSUS. “Pets are a part of our families too, and we need to plan now for their safety and well-being if an emergency should occur. It’s better to get ready now than to be caught unprepared later. We believe that a reasonable approach will address most situations.”

The HSUS suggests that all pet owners have an emergency supply kit for their pets. This kit should include:

• A three-day supply of food and water, as well as bowls, cat litter and litter box, and a manual can opener.

• Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them should you and your pets become separated. Pets should wear up-to-date identification, including the phone number of someone out of the area in case your pet becomes lost while you’re not at home.

• Medications, medical records and a first aid kit stored in a waterproof container.

• Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers to transport pets safely as well as blankets or towels for bedding and warmth. Carriers should be large enough to comfortably house your pet for several hours.

If the need arises to evacuate an area, keep your pet with you. If it isn’t safe for you to stay in the area, it isn’t safe for your pets. Pets that are turned loose or left behind to fend for themselves are likely to become victims of exposure, starvation, predators, contaminated food or water, or accidents.

Evacuation shelters might not accept pets, so it’s best to plan in advance where you will go. “No Pet” restrictions at local hotels and motels might be lifted in an emergency, so it’s best to ask. Check with friends and family members who live outside your area to see if they can shelter you or your pets if needed.

For more information on emergency preparedness for your pets visit

For More Information Contact: Belinda Mager (301) 258-3071
Email: [email protected] 

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