Animal Writes
3 October 2001 Issue
Protect Your Companion Animals - Be Prepared


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 hidden.

-- 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 home.

-- 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 disaster.

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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