Emergency Planning with Pets

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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