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Emergency plans for pets

Koteburo
January 21st, 2013, 06:41 PM
Have you considered that in case of any emergency such as a fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado we need emergency procedures that include our animals?
Having so many animal lovers on the board I imagine some of you do. Dog, cats, ferrets, rabbits, birds, fish, etc (farms could have a chapter of their own).
I want to create my emergency plan to include the cats, and they can be difficult to find, not respond to callings because they're scared, hiding.
I'd love if you could discuss about what's best and how to cope with some of the difficulties.
I'm not the kind of person that expects a catastrophe but I do believe in being ready in case of emergency, having myself witnessed earthquakes and hurricanes in the past.

marko
January 22nd, 2013, 08:25 AM
Very good thread for people to think about! :highfive:

So far, the only thing that we do, is know exactly where the cat carriers are and that that are quickly accessible.

But it would be very smart to have an emergency bag - with food a water bottle (and maybe all the vet records) in one safe and accessible place.

Any other suggestions?

Barkingdog
January 22nd, 2013, 11:43 AM
people could try to find out if their emergency shelters allow them to bring their pets with them if not find out where you can bring your pet(s) if you have a mandatory evacuation . More emergency shelters are allowing people to bring their pets after what happen with Hurricane Katrina , too people refuse to evacuate when they realize they could not bring their pets with them to the emergency shelters . Pets owners could write to their representatives and try and to get them to allow pets to go with them to emergency shelters as in the long run this does save people and pets lives and people will not need to be rescues because they refused to abandon their pets in a storm etc. It would be wise to have all of your pets have a microchip and make sure it's updated if you had moved or have new phone# or a new vet. If you have birds you could have an ID band on it leg.

hazelrunpack
January 22nd, 2013, 12:49 PM
Those are some good points, Barkingdog. Thankfully, I think a lot of shelters are getting better about allowing pets.

Our biggest threat here is forest fire. In case of fire we pack the following 6 Ps into the cars and bug out to farm country:

1. Pets (or Pack, as is the case here)
2. Provisions (food for the pets, mostly :D)
3. Prescriptions (yep, mostly for the Pack, too :laughing:)
4. Pictures (nothing more precious than memories)
5. Papers (legal documents--most importantly, insurance documents)
6. Plastic (as in credit cards)

After that, we're sorta on our own, though, unless someone opens a shelter that allows lots of pets. :o At least fire season usually means warmer weather and if we have to, we can find a campground till things settle back down...

Koteburo
January 22nd, 2013, 05:26 PM
So first point:Having the carriers and their health documents always in the same place, at hand and ready.
Second point: Have an emergency reserve of pet food and water
Third: Have them with means of identification preferably chip but depending on the pet owner's geography each person might have to adapt to their possibilities.

Hmm it's beginning to take shape...

Yay more ideas please heh

Barkingdog
January 22nd, 2013, 08:22 PM
It might be a good idea to have second person name and phone # on the microchip encase you can not be reach if lose your power or cell phone in a flood or storm. Have some photos of your pets too that you can post them if your pet get lost

Koteburo
January 24th, 2013, 03:44 AM
It might be a good idea to have second person name and phone # on the microchip encase you can not be reach if lose your power or cell phone in a flood or storm. Have some photos of your pets too that you can post them if your pet get lost

Excellent idea actually.

One of the things that worries me is if they're hiding at a time of emergency. Well right now my place is small so that's not much of a problem but I'm thinking about designing a plan for my parents as well.

im_nomad
January 25th, 2013, 07:08 PM
One of the local SPCA's around here sold window stickers a while back that say in case of emergency please save my __cat / __dog so you could indicate that you have however many of either or to alert emergency personnel. I have those up in my windows, fwiw.

One thing that I didn't have to go looking for, but was (awesomely) offered to me a few years ago while I was going through cancer treatment was via my vet. I had brought my dog in for a thorough check up before I started chemo as I needed her as healthy as possible, and they vet said any time I needed help, they would be more than willing to kennel her.

I guess what I'm saying is that it cant hurt to ask your vet if they are willing to offer emergency kenneling in a medical emergency, as most kennels Ive used don't answer the phones after a certain hour. Especially if you live alone and don't have a lot of helpers around. Or don't have proper boarding options in your area.

Barkingdog
January 25th, 2013, 08:09 PM
One of the local SPCA's around here sold window stickers a while back that say in case of emergency please save my __cat / __dog so you could indicate that you have however many of either or to alert emergency personnel. I have those up in my windows, fwiw.

One thing that I didn't have to go looking for, but was (awesomely) offered to me a few years ago while I was going through cancer treatment was via my vet. I had brought my dog in for a thorough check up before I started chemo as I needed her as healthy as possible, and they vet said any time I needed help, they would be more than willing to kennel her.

I guess what I'm saying is that it cant hurt to ask your vet if they are willing to offer emergency kenneling in a medical emergency, as most kennels Ive used don't answer the phones after a certain hour. Especially if you live alone and don't have a lot of helpers around. Or don't have proper boarding options in your area.

The fire department use to have the window stickers I am not sure if they give them out anymore . You could carry a note saying you have pets at homes and please call a friend or famliy member and keep the note in your wallet or purse encase you have an accident and not able to
talk . If you live alone and get into a horrible accident it could save your pet if the polices knew you had pets at home that need to be taken care of.