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Remember Pets in Family Emergency Plans
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Remember Pets in Family Emergency Plans

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Pets are often overlooked during disasters and emergencies, so the good people at PetFirst Healthcare recommend that pets be included in families' emergency plans.

“Pets cannot survive on their own,” said Brent Hinton, PetFirst chief executive officer and former head of the Kentucky Humane Society. “These situations can be stressful, but with some preparation you can ensure your pet's safety during a disaster.”

Hinton urges pet owners to not leave their pets behind and suggests the following steps to increase the chance of pet survival:

Identify a shelter: During mass evacuations or relocation, many disaster shelters, including Red Cross, will not accept pets due to health and safety regulations. Hinton suggests identifying alternative shelter in advance. Ask family, friends or others outside your area if they are able to shelter your pets, and research pet friendly hotels and motels.

Pack a pet-survival kit: Include pet food, bottled water, medications, veterinary records, food dishes, toys, a leash or pet carrier and a current pet photo in case the pet becomes separated.

Bring pets indoors: Never leave pets outside or tied up during disasters. Find a safe indoor location to prevent them from running away due to anxiety or fear.

Separate dogs and cats: They may normally get along, but pets can act irrationally in the event of an emergency.

If there is no alternative to leaving pets behind, Hinton recommends the following:

Confine pets inside: Provide dry food, because moist and canned food may spoil, as well as plenty of water.

Outside notice: Place a notice outside the building, advising what pets have been left and where they are located inside.

Phone numbers: Provide the owner's mobile phone numbers, along with the name and number of the pet's veterinarian.

For information visit www.petfirst.com or call 1-866-937-PETS. 

— PR Newswire

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Pet-Connection-Programs-inc-Marilla-NY/114420508616511. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)


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