Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets

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Are You and Your Pet Prepared?

As the wildfires in California continue to disrupt lives and displace entire communities, it serves as a ominous reminder for those of us who are fortunate enough not to be in harm’s way — natural disasters often occur without warning. It’s important for you and your pet to have a disaster preparedness plan in place before something happens.

We’ve included some considerations for you below:

  • Make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing updated collars and tags.
  • Not all evacuation shelters allow pets. Be sure to search for out-of-area pet hotels and animal shelters in advance for options. You can also find a vet or relief organizations for recommendations.
  • Put together a pet disaster kit to include a carrier, food, medicine, vaccination records and identification papers, leashes and harnesses, and sanitation items. If you intend on boarding your pet at an animal shelter, include a feeding schedule with additional notes on any known allergies.
  • Take a selfie with your pet! In the event that you are separated from your pet, having a photo provides proof of ownership and increases the possibility of being reunited again.
  • Assign trusted neighbors or friends as caretakers in the event that you can’t reach your pet during a disaster. Make sure they have a spare key and clear instructions on how to evacuate your pet.

Additional Resources

We recommend looking over this comprehensive emergency pet guide from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention that includes creating an emergency evacuation kit, what to do in the event you are separated from your pet, and a list of resources.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also has an informative pet emergency brochure available for download.

The American Red Cross has a free Pet First Aid app available for iOS and Android devices.

How Can We Help?

Need help changing your shipping address while you’re displaced? Do you need to talk to someone about delivery of your pet’s prescribed medication? Contact our Pet Owner Care team. Our team can be reached at (877) 738-4443, Monday to Friday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT.