of us consider our pets part of our family, so we don't
want to forget to take care of them at this time. Many
people have refused to evacuate because they won't leave
their pets, so there is now a greater effort being made
to provide shelters for animals. (You will still have to
go to a separate people shelter.)
your family preparations, have a plan and start early.
George hid in the back of the
closet during part of the 2004 storms. Smart cat!
If your pet requires medication make sure you have a sufficient
supply on hand.
Food and Water - Stock up on dry or canned food that they are familiar
with - this will minimize their stress. Don't forget
plenty of water.
Comfort Toy -
If your pet has a favorite toy keep it near them. If
they grow anxious they have that to chew on.
Leash & Collar -
In case you have to evacuate before or after the storm,
have leashes, collars and tags (ID and/or rabies) handy.
Have a recent photo of your pet in case you should get
separated. It is much easier to identify a pet from a
photo than from a description.
If you are evacuating, make arrangements for your pet
at a kennel, veterinarians, or the local animal shelter. DO
NOT LEAVE THE DOG TIED UP IN THE YARD!!! This
sounds like a no-brainer, but surprisingly enough there
are people out there with absolutely no brains.
were too many pictures after hurricanes Rita and Katrina
of dogs who killed themselves trying to escape being
tied up or locked in when their owners evacuated. Don't
let that be your dog.
Dulcy did not like the looks
of things for bathroom breaks during hurricane Frances.