Pet News: Plan now for pets’ safety | News
The earthquake that struck our area last July 15th serves as a reminder to prepare a contingency plan and kit for your family, including your pets, especially if winter weather is not far away and the potential for crises associated with it.
You may have already completed some of the items on the checklist, such as: B. a current ID tag for your pets and a microchip in case the collar or tags are lost. (The local animal shelters CASA and NOAH often offer inexpensive or free microchip clinics.)
You may also have an “Pets Inside” warning sticker on your house in case emergency services need to rescue your companion animals. Remember to update this sticker if you adopt new animals or if one dies.
Preparing an emergency kit can take some time as you think about other items you might need. Bottled water for you and your pets is a priority. Islanders are advised to keep a 30 day supply, while 2 weeks may be sufficient for others.
Next on the list are canned and freeze-dried foods that you replace every year or so before they expire. You can also change any additional medication that your companion animal needs in the kit so that an up-to-date prescription is always available.
Potties are a good idea when you have to travel a long distance or need to hold your pet back for long periods of time. A soft blanket provides comfort.
Photos of your pets in case they get separated, along with their microchip ID information and proof of rabies vaccination, are great for keeping in zippered pockets. A basic first aid kit for humans and pets is also a good idea.
If you choose to evacuate, take your animals with you. Leave a sign so the rescue workers know that you and your animals are not in the house. If you need to stay in a public emergency shelter, your pets will likely need to stay elsewhere.
Keep a list of the places your animals can stay if your home is uninhabitable. Some hotels and executive suites allow pets if your usual boarding house is full or is also affected by the disaster. Keep your cat’s carrier and / or your dog’s harness and leash in an easily accessible place in case you need to get out of the house quickly.
Cultivate a pet care partner who knows and can handle your animals, and give the friend your house keys and emergency contact numbers. This could be a pet sitter, friend or neighbor, or someone you can rely on in an emergency to look after your animals in case you are away from home or unable to work.
If you have horses or farm animals, making a plan for them is also important. You may not have time to catch barn cats to pick up if you can’t handle it. So leave out a lot of water and food. Plan to return as soon as possible or let the rescue workers know the cats have been left behind and may need help.
The residents of the island of Camano face particular problems regarding the potential risks of living on an island with restricted access. The Camano Preparedness Group is a non-profit organization that regularly hosts meetings and free presentations to help mitigate these risks.
Your companion animals rely entirely on you to take care of them. Be as prepared as possible. Review your community’s disaster risk reduction resources and discuss plans with your family.
Diane Venberg operates KittyStar Services for Cats on Camano Island and specializes in visiting cats with chronic conditions that require medication and / or behavioral problems. [email protected] or 206-440-7766.