Sometimes natural disasters can force us from our homes. Wildfires, floods, tornados, and other
events may require us to evacuate, and sometimes with little notice. Those of us with pets can put
together a bag for these types of emergencies - a bag that's well stocked with what our pets would
need, and easy to grab on the way out the door. Here are some items to include:
- Blank writeable ID tag. Your pet should always be wearing ID (with up-to-date contact
information), but keep a blank tag available too - the type which you can write on. If you won't
be reachable at the phone numbers listed on your pet's permanent ID, use the blank tag to put the
temporary number where you can be reached.
- Vaccination records and recent photo for each pet. Boarding facilities will ask for
vaccination records. Even if you don't intend to board your pet during an emergency,
you just never know if it will become a necessity. A recent photo is good for identification
purposes in case your pet gets lost.
- Cleaning supplies. Bowls and crates should be regularly cleaned. Also bring poop bags
and/or kitty litter and box (and scoop), plus paper towels for general clean-up.
- A list of pet-friendly places to stay. Keep the phone numbers of friends or family who
would be willing to house you and your pets during an emergency. Also keep a list of
pet-friendly hotels and accommodations in both
your local area as well as nearby towns or cities. Check pet policies to help ensure your
pet will be permitted. Call ahead as early as you can to secure a reservation.
Place all the supplies in a bag by the door where it is easy to grab on the way
out. Keep your pets with you if you have to evacuate - don't leave them behind!
They are safest with you.
See you in a couple of weeks for our photos issue
- please send us
your pet photos! Enjoy the beautiful weather.
"My dog, she looks at me sometimes with that look, and I think maybe deep down inside she must know
exactly how I feel. But then maybe she just wants the food off my plate." (Unknown Source)
- Angela, Newsletter Editor
On behalf of Rundle, the Pet Friendly Founding CEO (Chief Eating Officer)