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Pet Safety Checklist
Pet safetyPlan to take your pets with you in an evacuation. If it is not safe for you to stay, it is not safe for them either.
  • Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept you and your pets in an emergency. Have a list at hand and call ahead for reservations if you receive a notice to evacuate. Ask if no pet policies could be waived in an emergency.
  • Know which friends, relatives, boarding facilities, animal shelters or veterinarians can care for your animals in an emergency. Prepare a list with phone numbers.
  • Although your animals may be more comfortable together, be prepared to house them separately.

Assemble a portable kit with emergency supplies for your pets.
  • Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers so that they can be carried easily
  • Include leashes, harnesses and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that they can’t escape
  • Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan and a manual can opener
  • Medications and copies of medical records stored in a waterproof container
  • A first aid kit
  • Current photos of you with your pet(s) in case they get lost. Since many pets look alike, this will help to eliminate mistaken identity and confusion
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behaviour problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets
  • Many pet shelters require proof of current vaccinations to reduce the spread of disease
  • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable
  • Emergency Kit for Pets Checklist (PDF)

In an emergency or if notified of possible evacuation
  • Ensure all pets are wearing collars with securely fastened, up-to-date identification
  • Pet emergency supplies are ready 
  • Bring pets inside
  • Most shelters cannot accept pets but service animals are allowed 

After the emergency
The behaviour of pets may change dramatically after an emergency, becoming aggressive or defensive, so be aware of their well-being and protect them from hazards

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