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Pet Friendly Newsletter - March 2007


"The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog." (Ambrose Bierce)

"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat." (Ellen Perry Berkeley)


"Here is a photo of my dog Elvis (Border Collie) in Waterton National Park (Alberta, Canada) with the Prince of Wales Hotel in the background. Taken July 2006." - Murray B. of Lethbridge, Alberta
Left: "Maggie, our 4 year old Black Lab lives on an acreage outside of Onoway, Alberta. She loves to play "seal" in the snow when she gets too hot."
Right: "Jazz is a 3 year old German Shepherd female who loves to chase squirrels in the woods outside of her home in Stony Plain, Alberta."
- Sent in by Glenda H.


Many people are familiar with the haunting photos of abandoned pets during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In emergency situations, your animal companion depends on you to help keep them safe. Here are a few things you can do in these situations:

  • Always take your pets with you. Pets left behind may be injured, lost, or can suffer from starvation, exposure, predators, or accidents. Your pet will be safer with you.

  • Do not wait for a mandatory evacuation order, or you may discover that you won't be allowed to take your pets. Also don't assume that you can return for your pet "later", as "later" may be too late.

  • Keep your pet's documentation organized and in an easy- to-access place. Include vaccination records, license, microchip and tattoo numbers, a recent photo, a record of medical conditions and required medication, and contact information for your veterinarian.

  • When you hear of a possible need to evacuate, put dogs on leash and cats in carriers to prevent them from bolting in panic or confusion. This will allow you to quickly leave with them if necessary.

  • Pack a kit for your pets. Include food and water for several days, medications, leashes or harnesses, carriers, bedding, toys, and a pet first aid kit. A list of emergency supplies is available here.

  • Make arrangements with a trusted family member, neighbour, or friend just in case you're not home. This person should be comfortable with your pet and vice versa. Arrange for them to retrieve your pets and meet you at a specified location.

  • Find a safe place to stay ahead of time. Ask friends, family, and vet clinics outside of your immediate area if they would be willing to house your pets in case of emergency. Make a list of pet-friendly accommodations in surrounding communities and ask them about their pet policies. As soon as you think you need to evacuate, call ahead to make arrangements.

A few moments of planning can make the difference between a heartbreaking loss, or having your pet safe and happy at your side.

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