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 Make Plans for Your Pets

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  •  Contact your veterinarian and find out if they will accept your pet in an emergency.  
  •  Decide on safe locations in your house where you could leave your pet in an emergency. 
  •  Consider easy to clean areas such as utility areas or bathrooms and rooms with access to a supply of fresh water.
  •  Avoid choosing rooms with hazards such as windows, hanging plants or pictures in large frames.
  •  In case of flooding, the location should have access to high counters that pets can escape to.
  •  Set up two separate locations if you have dogs and cats.
  •  Buy a pet carrier that allows your pet to stand up and turn around inside. Train your pet to become comfortable with the carrier. Use a variety of training methods such as feeding it in the carrier or placing a favorite toy or blanket inside.
  •  If your pet is on medication or a special diet, find out from your veterinarian what you should do in case you have to leave it alone for several days. Try and get an extra supply of medications.
  • Make sure your pet has a properly fitted collar that includes current owner identification tag, rabies tag, or license tag (if applicable). A microchip implant is also a great way to provide permanent identification for your pet.
  •  Current Owner Identification tag should include your name, address, and phone number.
  •  If your dog normally wears a chain link "choker" collar, have a leather or nylon collar available if you have to leave him alone for several days.
  •  Keep your pet's shots current and know where the records are.
  •  Most kennels require proof of current rabies and distemper vaccinations before accepting a pet.
  •  Contact motels and hotels in communities outside of your area and find out if they will accept pets in an emergency.
  •  When assembling emergency supplies for the household, include the following items for pets:
    •  Extra food (The food should be dry and relatively unappealing to prevent overeating. Store the food in sturdy containers.)
    •  Kitty litter
    •  Large capacity self-feeder and water dispenser
    •  Extra medications

 In most cases, trained guide dogs for the blind, hearing impaired or handicapped will be allowed to stay in emergency shelters with their owners.