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Protecting Your Pet During an Emergency 

As a pet owner, you never want to think about what would happen if your furry friend was injured or caught in a disaster. But it’s important to be prepared, just in case. Here are some tips on how to keep your pet safe during an emergency. 


Make Sure Your Pets Are Wearing Up-to-Date Tags 

Having a pet that wears an ID tag at all times may seem like an unnecessary chore, but it can be critical to their safety and well-being. Not only can tags provide invaluable information in the event they become lost or injured – including contact details of their owners as well as any medical needs – but they can also help to protect them if they are found by someone unfamiliar.  

With up-to-date information available on their tags, pets will be able to return home quickly and without any questions or uncertainties. As such, pet owners need to make sure their animal identification tags are kept up to date and securely attached to the animal’s collar at all times. Renewed contact details should be provided each time a pet moves, changes owners, or receives new medication, and regular checks should be made for signs of wear or damage that could result in faulty tags.  

In addition, backup documents containing your pet’s information should also be kept secure in case of emergency. By taking these precautions, you can ensure your pet remains safe with identification that is both accurate and accessible. 


Have A Current Photo of Your Pets—Just in Case 

Owning a pet can come with the risk that they might get lost. To ensure a quick and safe return home in such an incident, it is essential to have current photos of your pet on hand. In particular, having a close-up photo of the face of your pet will greatly increase the chances that anyone who finds them will be able to identify them and contact you as soon as possible. It is also helpful to take more than one photo from different angles to get shots that capture their full size and shape. Additionally, if your pet has any distinguishing characteristics or markings, you should make sure these are photographed as well so people can recognize them quickly. Even though it is an unpleasant thought, having a current photo of your pet handy can help save time by quickly providing all the information necessary for reuniting you with your beloved companion should they ever go missing. 


Have a Plan 

In the event of an emergency, knowing where to go if you have to evacuate your home is of the utmost importance. Planning and researching pet-friendly hotels and shelters can help minimize stress in a time of crisis. Contact your local animal shelter or humane society immediately so they can provide information on what it takes for pets to enter a public facility or get transported to designated safe areas. Additionally, always make sure your pet has up-to-date identification tagging so that any displaced animals can be returned home as soon as possible.  

You should also gather current photos of your pet in case you’re separated from them during the evacuation. If necessary, contact a veterinarian for paperwork that states your pet is healthy enough to leave the area and include copies or electronic versions of medical history with other items necessary for travel such as food, water, litter boxes, and toys. Staying prepared and being aware of potential evacuation routes will better equip you and your furry family members in case you have to flee your home due to an emergency. 

Use best practices when evacuating. Follow instructions given by municipal officials; do not take shortcuts presented by GPS; pay close attention at intersections and road signs; stick together if you are traveling with friends or family; be mindful not to drive through flooded areas; monitor weather reports throughout travel; consult local state patrol building requests before passing through large metropolitan areas, etc. Most importantly – never leave beloved furry family members behind! Pets are part of our families too! With preparation ahead of time and knowledge of local resources available during emergencies–you will create a secure environment for yourself and your pet(s). 


Pack An Emergency Pet Kit with Food, Water, and Their Medicine 

When it comes to preparing for an emergency, it’s easy to get caught up in our preparations, but don’t forget to plan for your pet as well. It’s important to have a designated pet emergency kit in place so you’re ready for any situation. Start packing the essentials such as food, blankets, and toys. Make sure to include enough supplies for three days in case you and your four-legged friend find yourself stuck somewhere unexpected.  

Next, pack water and a bowl so they can stay hydrated. Be sure to add a collar or harness with identification tags, along with a leash so they can stay out of harm’s way. Additionally, if your pet takes medication regularly, be sure to include that in the kit along with instructions on administration times. Having an emergency kit is critical since it allows us peace of mind of knowing we are prepared if an unexpected event occurs.  

Remember: when creating a plan for your pet – like with everything else – always err on the side of caution and pack more than you think you need! By planning and taking into consideration these important steps, it can make a world of difference if an emergency were ever to arise. 


Keep Calm 

During an emergency, it’s important to remain calm to properly assess and address the situation. In a crisis, it can be difficult to stay composed and focused on what needs to be done, but hyping up anxiety levels won’t do any good. Not only do panicked reactions cause delays from decisive action and increase stress levels for everyone involved, but your pets can also pick up on your fear and will likely start exhibiting fearful behaviors of their own.  

Pets that feel safe in these events may become more prone to acting out self-protective behaviors like running away or aggressive displays toward humans or other animals, which could make the situation even more chaotic. Therefore, keep a clear head and take the necessary steps if an emergency occurs – not only will this increase the chances of a successful outcome, but it may also provide comfort for your pet in unfamiliar or unsettling circumstances. 


Emergencies can happen at any time and it’s important to be prepared. By having an emergency kit for your pet, you’ll ensure that they have everything they need to make it through until things return to normal. And don’t forget – keep your pet’s ID tags up to date and always have a current photo of them on hand just in case they get lost during an emergency. Planning can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your pets safe and healthy.