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
• 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
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 www.hsus.org/disaster.
For More Information Contact: Belinda Mager (301)
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