If your dog or cat is not used to being in a crate or muzzled, this is something you need to practice ahead of time. It is very important to practice muzzling or crating in a calm environment.
When an emergency is happening and everything is chaotic, that is not the time to try to put a muzzle on an animal. The animal is already scared and may be aggressive. Place the muzzle on your pet and let him hang out with you while you watch tv for short periods of time. Or let your pet lay in his crate next to you. Have your cat get in his crate and sit with you or take short rides in the car.
If you practice these things before a disaster strikes your pets will be more calm during the disaster and it will be much easier getting them into a crate or muzzled. It will save time and possibly a life.
Could it happen to me?
YES! Have you thought about what would happen to your pet if a disaster happened at your home? Having a disaster kit ready for your pet as well as your family is imperative to disaster planning and may possibly save your pets life. Your pet could be home alone when disaster strikes and someone else will have to get your animals out of the house and to safety. Your family and pets may all leave together only to find out that the shelter does not take animals. On the other hand, you may be able to take your pet to the shelter. However, the shelter may not take animals without being in crates, cages, or tethered with muzzles on. These are the things you need to know to prepare your pet for a disaster. PREPARE A DISASTER PLAN FOR YOUR FAMILY AS WELL
Each animal must have it’s own paperwork. The paperwork should include:
I am not an expert in Disaster Planning. My interest is in everyone becoming aware of how important it is to be prepared for any disaster.
This page is for informational purposes and to help anyone interested to prepare for a successful exit out of any emergency situation.
If a disaster happens and your pet is home alone, you may need someone to rescue your animal for you. I would have at least three caregivers I could call. This can include your pet sitter, a neighbor, or a friend. Make sure you have checked with this person so they are aware you expect them to rescue your pet and don’t get caught by surprise. They will need a key to your house, know where a key is hidden or have a code.
Is your pet comfortable
with a muzzle on?
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Prepare your paperwork
Know where to shelter
Have your Pets Caregivers
Prepare a Disaster Kit.
Check on animal shelters in your area or ask your city where the animals will be sheltered in an emergency and what the requirements are. (Muzzling, crating) Everyone in the home needs to know how to handle the animal as they may be the only one at home when disaster happens.
Each animal in your home
needs to have it's own
Disaster Kit. The kit should include:
Your pets food. Mark with "use by" date and rotate as needed
Medications with instructions
If your pets are birds, fish, or amphibians you will need species specific items, such as a heat lamp or heating pad for warmth, a smaller cage for transport, towels, food, and water. It is recommended if you have an exotic pet to learn first aid for your animal.