"Good News" Magazine May PP issue to publish online - Page 12

May 7th through 13th is NATIONAL ANIMAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS WEEK Just like any other family member, pets deserve to be cared for and protected. Emergency action plans for your family should include your animals. Preparation for emergencies cannot be stressed enough. If it is not safe for you to stay, it is not safe for them, either. Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept you and your pets in an emergency. Call ahead for reserva- tions if you know you may need to evacuate. Ask if no pet policies could be waived in an emergency. Most American Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns and other considerations. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are an exception to this rule, and are allowed in Red Cross shelters. Know which friends, relatives, boarding facilities, ani- mal shelters or veterinarians can care for your animals in an emergency. Prepare a list with phone numbers. Although your animals may be more comfortable together, be prepared to house them separately. Include your pets in evacuation drills so that they become used to entering and traveling in their carriers calmly. Another important consideration to keep your pets safe is to be sure that their vaccinations are current and that all dogs and cats are wearing collars with securely fastened, up-to-date identifica- tion. If they aren't already, consider having your pets microchipped by your veterinarian. Many pet shelters require proof of current vaccinations to reduce the spread of disease. Assemble a portable kit with emergency supplies for your pets. Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers so that they can be carried easily. Your kit should include: • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that they can’t escape. • Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and a manual can opener. Medications and copies of medical records stored in a waterproof container. • A first aid kit. • Current photos of you with your pet(s) in case they get lost. Since many pets look alike, this will help to eliminate mistaken identity and confusion. • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets. • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable. For information on disaster planning and emergency a ѥ́Ѽхȁٕѽ͕̰ɑ̰)ɕѥ̰ȁѡȁ͵̰Ս́ɉ́ȁѕ̰͔٥ͥЁѡ!յM䁽ѡ)UѕMхѕܹ́!MULɜȁI九ظ)QɥI ɽ́́ͼٕ) ЁЁե́Ѽ)́ѡ䁅ͅȁ䁅ٔ)Ё́Ѽѡ́ͅ٥ɵѥ)ͥ䁑ݹѡɥI ɽ)AЁЁ)ͽɍܹ!MULɜ()AͥѥٕÀ5