Hurricanes,tornadoes, fires, floods and hazardous or toxic material spillsare just a few of the disasters we face living along the Texas Gulf Coast. Preparing your pet for a disaster today might save his/her life tomorrow!
Identification - Make sure your pet wears a collar and I.D. tag with up-to-date information.
Vaccinations - All pets should be current on their shots. Keep a copy of the vaccination records sealed in a plastic bag.
Sleeping quarters - Help your animals avoid shattering glass and falling objects. Don't place your pet's bed below windows or shelving.
A home away from home - Every animal in your house should have a crate - a molded plastic carrying case. Familiarize your pet with the crate before a disaster strikes.
Check your yard - Make sure all fencing is secure and all holes and potential escape routes are blocked.
Plan ahead - Identify animal shelters, local boarding facilities, Veterinarians, pet friendly motels, and friends/relatives that may temporarily house your pet after a disaster.
If you evacuate, take your pet!
A DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST
Use this checklist as a guide for building your own disaster
preparedness kit for your pet.
- Molded plastic carrier
- Copy of your pet's rabies and vaccination records sealed in a plastic bag
- Pet first aid book and kit
- Two-week supply of pet food
- Bottled water
- One-month supply of your pet's regular medications
- Non-spill food and water bowls
- Cat litter pan
- Plastic bags (for pet waste disposal)
- Sheets (one to cover each pet carrier)
- Non-electric can opener
- Paper Towels
- Comb / Brush
Don't Delay, prepare Today!
On the Web:
Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- http://www.houstonspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage_new