Emergency planning should include pets. If your family must evacuate or go to a shelter, do not leave your pets at home. Be aware that Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety regulations and other considerations. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters.
Instead, PLAN AHEAD. Create a Pet Prep Kit & Plan! Keep a list of “pet friendly” places, emergency information and pet supplies: a carrier, immunization record, muzzles, leashes, pet food and other supplies. Have an ID photo available in case they stray. Make sure all dogs and cats are wearing collars and securely fastened up-to-date identification. Attach the phone number and address of your temporary shelter, if you know it, or of a friend or relative.
You may not be home when an evacuation order comes. Find out if a trusted neighbor would be willing to take your pets and meet you at a prearranged location. This person should be comfortable with your pets, know where your animals are likely to be and have a key to your home.
Find hotels and motels that accept pets and check policies on that may restrict number and size. Ask if “no pet” policies could be waived in an emergency. You could also ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets in a disaster, but they may be already overburdened.
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