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American Animal Hospital Associations
(800) 883-6301

American Humane Association
(800) 227-4645

(212) 876-7700

Emergency Animal Rescue Service
(800) 440-EARS

Humane Society of the U.S.
(202) 452-1100

National Animal Poison Control
(888) 426-4435

The Weather Channel


Lost Dog

Pet Finders
(800) 666-5678

Pet Loss Support Hot Line
(530) 752-4200

When you are faced with an emergency such as a hurricane, flood, fire, or other natural disaster, it is best to be prepared. Planning for emergencies also involves your family pets. The following is a list of items to have on hand, and suggestions for things to do, before an emergency presents itself.


Use the following guidelines to create this important travel kit.

1. Always make sure your pets have nametags and/or licenses on their collars. If they become separated from you in an emergency, these tags will help rescuers return the pet. Some agencies also recommend microchips, which enable the appropriate authorities to return the pets even if they lose their collars and identification.
2. A photo of your pet — if your pet becomes lost you will need to post copies of it.
3. A pet carrier and a leash.
4. Pet toys, a blanket, and a towel.
5. A week’s worth of pet food and fresh water, including food dishes.
6. Your pet’s medications and medical records, as well as your veterinarian's name and telephone number.
7. A pet first aid kit and first aid manual
8. Milk of magnesia or activated charcoal. You may need to administer one of these agents in the event of poisoning. Please consult the Poison Center (see number below) or a veterinarian before giving anything to your pet.
9. Investigate the local shelters to find out whether or not they will allow your pet into the emergency shelter. Alternate plans might involve sheltering your pet at a boarding kennel, veterinarian, or an animal shelter. You could leave your pet with a family friend. You also could consider staying at a pet-friendly motel or motor lodge that is located in a safe zone. Always have one or two backup plans.


This is, in our opinion, the least appealing option but sometimes it is the only choice available to you. Put your pet in a confined area where large objects cannot fall on her. Provide your pet with plenty of water and food so that she can survive for a few days (you might even fill the bathtub with water as a backup water supply). Place a sign in the front window of your house, as well as in a visible location in your front yard. (The sign should be enclosed in a plastic bag.) The sign should indicate that a pet has been left in the house, describe the room that it is in, and provide a contact number so that the authorities can reach you during the emergency.


After the emergency passes, your pet may be traumatized. Behaviorists suggest comforting your pets as much as possible, spending a good deal of time with them, and getting them back into a normal routine as soon as possible. For safety sake, we also recommend that if your pet is used to wandering the neighborhood, you should walk them on a leash for awhile as the local landmarks may have been destroyed and your pet could become lost. There is also a chance that dangerous environmental conditions such as broken glass, hazardous building debris, spilled toxins, etc. could cause your pet harm.

Planning ahead for your pets may take a little time, but in the case of an emergency, we think you will be happy that you made the effort.

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