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The best way to protect your family from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan should include your pets.
It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster...so plan ahead.
American Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of state health and safety regulations. The only exceptions to this policy are service animals who assist perople with disabilities.
Before a Disaster
- Ask friends, relatives, or others outside the affected area whether theycould shelter your animals.
- If you have more than one pet, they may be more comfortable if kept together; but you should prepare to house them separately.
- Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to check policies on accepting pets and any restrictions on number, size and species. Ask they can waive "no pets" policies in an emergency.
- Keep a list of "pet friendly" places, including telephone numbers, with other disaster information and supplies.
- If you have notice of an impending disaster, call ahead for reservations.
- Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency. Include 24-hour telephone numbers.
- Include pet supplies as part of your 72-hour kit.
Disaster Supplies for Your Pet
- Portable carriers
- Food and water bowls.
- Three-day supply of food and water, stored in plastic bottles.
- Litter box and filler for cats.
- First Aid kit.
- Health records, including vaccination records.
- Instructions on your pets' feeding schedule and diet, medications, and any special needs.
During a Disaster
- Bring your pets inside immediately. Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can keep them from running away. NEVER LEAVE A PET OUTSIDE OR TIED UP DURING A STORM!
- If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take. Remember, however, that leaving your pet at home alone can place it in danger. Confine your pet to a safe area inside.
- Place a notice outside in a visible area, advising what pets are in the house and where they are located. Provide a phone number where someone can reach you or a contact, as well as the name and telephone number of your veterinarian.
- Transport in a secure travel cage or carrier.
- In cold weather, wrap a blanket over the carrier and warm up the car before placing birds inside.
- During warm weather,carry a plant mister to mist the bird's feathers periodically.
- Do not put water inside the carrier during transport. Provide a few slices of fresh fruits and vegetables with high water content.
- Have leg bands and a photo for identification.
- Try to keep the carrier in a quiet area.
- Do not let the birds out of the cage or carrier.
- Determine where you and your family spend most of your time.
- You can transport snakes in a pillowcase, but you must trasnfer them to a more secure container when you reach the evacuation site.
- If snakes require frequent feedings, carry food with you.
- Take a water bowl large enough for soaking, as well as a heating pad.
- When transporting house lizards, follow the same directions as for birds.
- Transport small mammals such as hamsters, gerbils, mice, etc. in secure carriers suitable for maintaining the animals while sheltered.
- Take bedding materials, food, bowls, and water bottles.
After a Disaster
- In the first few days after a disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. The disaster may have altered familiar scents and landmarks, and you pet may become confused and lost.
- The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water.
For more information, contact the Keizer Fire District at 503-390-9111 or email us at email@example.com
Last Updated: 8/28/2005 1:02:44 AM