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May: Pet Preparedness

Preparing your pets for a disaster is just as important as preparing yourself. When planning for disasters, take into account the needs of your pet as you would a member of your family. If it isn’t safe for you then it is not safe for your pets. Try not to leave your pets behind in an emergency.

Rescue Alert Sticker

These stickers let others, including rescue workers, know that there are pets inside your home.

  • You should include three things on the sticker:
    1. The types of animals and the number you have of each
    2. Your veterinarians name
    3. Veterinarians phone number/contact information
  • Get a free sticker from the ASPCA

Emergency Supply Kit

Prepare a kit beforehand to take with you and your pet in an evacuation situation.

  • 3-7 days’ worth of canned or dry food for each pet
  • Disposable litter pans (aluminum baking pans work well)
  • Litter or paper towels
  • Trash bags for clean up
  • Feeding dishes
  • An extra collar and an extra leash
  • Bottled water (7 days for each pet)
  • Travel crate
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket
  • Recent photos of your pets (in case your pets become lost)

Evacuation Preparation

  • Make sure that your pets have collars with ID tags
    • Name of animal, phone number, any health concerns, your name and contact information
  • Bring your pets inside at the first sign of a storm or disaster
  • Know your evacuation route
  • Arrange a safe place for you and your pets to go
    • Determine which shelters accept pets
    • Know what hotels accept pets
    • Friends and family nearby that could help out
    • Contact your veterinarian about possible kennels or facilities your pet could stay

Pet-Friendly Hotels

Some hotels in the Griffin Hospital area that allow pets to stay are:

You can also search for pet-friendly hotels on travel search engine sites using a “pets allowed” search filter.

Additional Information

For more information on pet preparedness, please visit the following sites: