Do You Have a Disaster Plan for Your Pet?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:00am

Disaster can strike at any time. Are you prepared? With hurricane season upon us, we want to help you create an emergency evacuation plan to keep your family together. Even if you don't live in an area known for dangerous weather, the best thing you can do for yourself and your pet is be prepared.

• Have an Evacuation Plan in Place
Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible, make sure all your pets are wearing proper identification and consider your evacuation route ahead of time.

• Arrange a Safe Haven
Don't leave your pet behind if you’re forced to evacuate. Find out if there are emergency animal shelters in your area.

• Make Sure Pets Have Current ID
Your pet's ID tag should contain his name, current telephone number and any urgent medical needs. ASPCA experts also encourage getting your pets microchipped.

• Get an ASPCA Rescue Alert Sticker
This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write "EVACUATED" across the stickers.

For more tips on evacuating with your pet, visit our Disaster Preparedness section.