If there was an emergency, would your pet be taken care of?
This video covers the importance of planning ahead. Disasters can come in many forms and a little planning can save lives.
Some great tips to consider for households with pets:
- Have a trusted person (someone that knows your pets) hold a spare set of keys. If you were ever caught in an emergency, this person would ensure that your pets receive care until you are able to return home.
- Think of where you would go with your pets if your home was struck by a disaster (fire, flood, etc.). No human shelters in Chicago currently take families with pets.
- Keep a "Go Bag" packed and ready to grab. It should contain your pets' food, water, bowls, any medications and prescriptions, and veterinary records.
- Your pet should be micro-chipped AND wear a collar with an ID tag. Both need to have your current contact information. A tag can quickly be read to get you and your pet reunited, but if the collar comes off and the pet is brought to a shelter or veterinarian, the microchip will be scanned and you can be contacted through the information in the database.
- Consider posting a decal on your front door so emergency responders are aware of your pets. The Anti-Cruelty Society has made some from a material that can be easily removed if you move (so no one will risk their lives for pets that are no longer in the home). http://www.anticruelty.org/prepare/
- If you want to go the extra mile in preparation, take a Pet First Aid and CPR class: http://www.anticruelty.org/events/
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