(WAVY) – The Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have advice to care for your pets when a storm is coming. First, do not leave your pets at home if you’re evacuating. Doing so could put your animals at risk for injury or death and lead to criminal charges against you.
Before Disaster Strikes
- make sure the animal is wearing a collar with all your information on the tag, including your cell phone number.
- microchip your pet
- check vaccine records and have a protected medical record printed in a protective container or seal
- take pictures of your pet
- set aside food, litter, medicines, harness, and a kennel with labels containing your information on each item. Click here to download the ready.gov Emergency Preparedness Pet Kit List
Find a Play to Stay
- call hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to make a list of ones that accept pets. Ask about restrictions on number, size and species. Ask if a ‘no pet’ policy would be waived in an emergency.
- make arrangements with friends or relatives outside your immediate area who would be willing to shelter you and your pets – or just your pets – if necessary.
- make a list of boarding facilities and veterinary offices that offer shelter to animals in emergencies.
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