250,000 Pets Displaced, Lost, or Perished
- September 1, 2015
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This week we remember the devastation Hurricane Katrina left in her wake. Ten years have past yet recovery is still in process for so many. It was a natural disaster of historic proportions.
Katrina caused billions in property damage, left 1900 dead, and 250,000 pets displaced, lost, or perished. Many refused to leave their homes because they could not take their pets to the shelter. This put both people and pets in danger. Many left their beloved pets behind as they evacuated only to never know what happened to them. They may never have been found again and the family not only lost their home but beloved members of their family albeit the four legged kind. Hundreds of rescued pets were shipped to no-kill shelters across the country. They found new homes, but, never were reunited with the family that lost them. This left so many families broken-hearted.
If you have a pet that you love it is important to have a disaster plan for them as well as your family. Because of a public outcry many shelters now make provisions for pets and people. Find out where your pets are welcome and gather a pet disaster kit together.
Shelters require that you have a crate for your pet, collar and leash, food, water, bowls, treats, proof of vaccination, waste disposal bags, blanket, toys, and medication as necessary. They may have a separate area for pets. They may be able to accommodate a limited number of pets. Check out the requirements for the shelter you intend to use. It is essential to get to the shelter early to make sure they have room for you, your family, and pets.
If you are going to a hotel/motel there are many that welcome pets. When making reservations check out the pet policy and any rules for pet guests.
The ASPCA has an awesome app you can download for free. It will contain your Vet contact info, vaccination, owner contact info, chip info, and medications, etc. It is a great way to put essential information about you pet in a accessible format. They also have pet alert stickers for your windows. These are great in the event emergency personnel are called to your home. Remember to remove them if the pet is no longer in the home to prevent putting emergency personal in danger.
The ASPCA mobile app is a must-have app for pet owners.
This free app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records, and provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.
It is also a good idea to carry a card in your wallet that lets someone know that you have a pet home alone should anything happen to you while you are away from home. Put an alert on your phone under ICE contacts to advise emergency personnel that you have a pet home alone.
Our pets are dependent on us for their health, safety, and well-being. As responsible pet parents we are charged with making sure that they are cared for during times of natural and personal disasters. My pets Bailey and Bristol are like my children. I will do whatever is necessary to make sure they are taken care of during a disaster. Planning ahead for disaster and pre-packing a disaster kit will reduce your stress when faced with evacuation. You can grab your pet disaster kit and go with your pet in tow.
Read more on planning for pets in “Shit Happens” Creating your plan to survive and thrive when faced with life’s personal and natural disasters. Get your copy now at: www.TheCrisisPlanner.com
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