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Hurricane a lesson on animal care E-mail
Opinion
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:56


GUEST COLUMN, Dr. Robin Ganzert, CEO, American Humane Society



Hurricanes Irma and Harvey are devastating reminders that disaster preparedness saves lives. American Humane is urging pet owners to take two simple—yet essential—steps to ensure you and your animal companions are ready before the next catastrophe strikes.

First, don’t forget the basics: Pets should always wear collars and I.D. tags with their name, a cell phone number, and any urgent medical needs; for added assurance, American Humane also recommends microchipping your pet. Remember, microchips aren’t GPS devices or location trackers; the devices simply store emergency contact information, which animal owners are responsible for providing and keeping up-to-date. Not sure where your best friend stands? Ask your veterinarian to check the registration status of your pet’s microchip.

Second, American Humane recommends developing a pet-specific disaster plan and evacuation kit, including: an extensive list of safe places—such as emergency animal shelters, pet-friendly hotels, and trusted relatives and friends located in another region—that could house your pets during an emergency; a comfortable pet carrier or crate; a favorite toy or comfort item, like a blanket; one-week supplies of water, nonperishable pet food, and medications; copies of veterinary records and vaccination history; and recent photos of you holding your pet, which can be used to help verify ownership in case of unexpected separation.

Our beloved four-legged family members should never be left behind in a disaster. To protect your pets, be prepared. 

 

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