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What do you do with your pet in the event of a natural disaster? Our research staff has interviewed a number of experts in this area. We provide you with a list of suggestions and resources to help in developing a pet-preparedness emergency plan.

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 Center
(888) 426-4435

The Weather Channel

(310) 652-9837

AKC Companion Animal Recovery
(800) 252-7894
(888) 743-6465


Pets 911
(888) PETS-911
pet travel emergency
Things tend to happen to pets in unfamiliar territory. There are times when you might need a veterinarian. We recommend calling the American Animal Hospital Association at (800) 883-6301 to find a local veterinarian. The association screens each of the veterinary hospitals it endorses to ensure high quality care. If you like to plan ahead, find a veterinarian or two before you set off on your travels. Prepare yourself with their names, addresses, and telephone numbers in case an emergency presents itself.
lost pet while traveling
If your pet is lost or missing, stay calm and consider the following options:

Contact your hotel and let the staff know that your pet is missing. Anyone who finds your pet may look at the vacation tag (a temporary dog tag indicating your vacation address and contact information) and contact you directly. Also call home, since someone who has found your pet may have telephoned your home telephone number and left a message about the animal's whereabouts.

If you have just lost your pet in a busy area, take a few minutes to visit some of the surrounding shops, restaurants, and buildings. Leave your name and hotel telephone number so that you can be reached easily.
Telephone the local animal control officer, veterinary hospital, police, and humane society. One of these departments is the likely contact for stray or lost pets.

Pet Identification Resources

One simple solution that helps you and your pet reconnect should he/she become lost while traveling is the vacation tag -- a temporary tag that lists local hotel information. There are more permanent identification methods available as well, such as tattooing or microchipping, but each has its drawbacks. The least invasive and most reliable method, in our opinion, is the Pet Protector™ System offered by 1-800-Help-4-Pets. It gives you total security. 24 hours a day. Nationwide.

A tag-based, 24-hour recovery services system
(310) 652-9837
8721 Santa Monica Blvd., #710
Los Angeles, CA 90069

24-hour recovery services for microchipped and tattooed pets
5580 Centerview Drive, Suite 250
Raleigh, NC 27606-3389

Place a number of lost pet flyers (with“REWARD” in bold letters at the top) in the area where your pet first disappeared. Many owners have found that a REWARD encourages more people to take notice of the flyer. Post your flyer at major street intersections, churches, grocery stores, post offices, and other heavily trafficked areas. Include a description of your pet and a photograph, as well as your local hotel phone number, your home phone number, and your work contact number. We also recommend that you place flyers in other busy areas such as a veterinarian’s office or near a school or a train/bus station. It can take time to locate your pet and you might be called after you have returned home from your trip.

If some time has passed without success, contact the local newspaper and radio stations and place an ad or notice about your pet.

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