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Disaster-Proofing Your Pet: A Guide to Keeping Your Animal Companions Safe

Disasters can be unpredictable and devastating, and they can affect not only humans but also their beloved pets. From hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires, it’s crucial to have a plan in place to keep your pets safe during such a crisis.

 

Here are some tips on how to keep your pets safe during a disaster.

 

Tip #1: Prepare a disaster kit for your pet

Preparing a disaster kit for your pet is essential. The kit should include enough food, water, and medication for at least three days, as well as any essential items such as a leash, collar, and ID tags. Also, include a current photo of your pet in case you get separated.

 

Tip #2: Evacuate with your pet

If a disaster strikes, evacuate with your pet as soon as possible. Do not leave them behind, as it may be too dangerous for them to survive without you. If you are unable to evacuate with your pet, make sure to have a backup plan in place, such as a trusted friend or relative who can take care of them.

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Tip #3: Familiarize your pet with their crate

If you need to evacuate, a crate is an essential tool for transporting your pet. Make sure your pet is familiar with their crate and feels comfortable inside it. This will make it easier for them to feel safe and secure during a disaster.

 

Tip #4: Update your pet’s identification

During a disaster, your pet may get lost or separated from you. It’s essential to have updated identification, such as a microchip, on your pet to increase the chances of reuniting with them if they get lost.

 

Tip #5: Find pet-friendly shelters

If you need to evacuate, look for pet-friendly shelters that will accommodate both you and your pet. Some shelters may not allow pets, so it’s crucial to plan ahead and find a place that will accommodate your furry friend.

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In case you need transport assistance, Doobert’s Disaster Area feature lets you do that. It is a virtual map below that shows rescues and shelters that are in a disaster area. These shelters are able to provide special contact information and emergency transportation support for animals in distress.

 

Keeping your pet safe during a disaster requires preparation and planning. Make sure to have a disaster kit ready, evacuate with your pet, familiarize them with their crate, update their identification, and find pet-friendly shelters. By following these tips, you and your pet can weather the storm and stay safe during a disaster.

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