The heart-wrenching photos of dogs swimming through floods or cats perched on rooftops are all too common during a hurricane. Most likely because of the number of pets left behind during Katrina, more efforts are taking place, such as shelters allowing animals, encouraging pet parents to not leave their pets behind. Although for Hurricane Harvey most pet owners chose to bring their pets with them, many still ended up rescued and taken to emergency shelters.
ASPCA Rescues Hundreds after Hurricane Harvey; Prepares for Irma
As a result of their rescue efforts in Texas and Louisiana, the ASPCA is providing resources for pet owners to help them prepare for Hurricane Irma.
Prepare for a disaster by taking the ASPCA Pledge to:
- Keep current photos of your pet
- Make sure your pet has a collar with ID tag and is microchipped
- Learn how to build a portable emergency kit
- Put an alert sticker on my home letting emergency personnel know there are pets inside
- Access critical advice on what to do with your pet before, during, and after a major storm—even if there’s no data connectivity.
- Store and manage your pet’s critical health records.
- Receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances.
- Build a lost pet digital flyer that to share instantly on your social media channels.
- Get the latest and most relevant news about pets and animal welfare.
Download the app here.
Hurricane Pet Tips from Petplan Insurance:
Petplan pet insurance is also involved in helping pet parents prepare for a natural disaster such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Petplan advises pet parents before, during and after to:
- Keep calm and prepare. Pets can sense barometric pressure changes, so ease worry by speaking in a reassuring voice and distracting pets with games, toys and natural calming remedies.
- Take shelter and keep pets inside — do not let them out in your yard off-leash! Stock up on puppy pads for an indoor bathroom solution. If you evacuate, make sure your dogs have ID tags and cats are in crates.
- Proceed with caution. Pets can become injured or ill from breathing toxic generator fumes, drinking dirty water or eating spoiled food.
Hurricane Evacuation Kit Checklist for Pets
- Pet carrier
- Medication for two weeks
- Food and water for one week
- Two slip leashes
- Printed and electronic copies of medical history
- Identification and contact information
- Take a photo of your pet before you leave your home
- Litter, piddle pads and trash bags
- Shampoo, brush, towels
- Plenty of patience
- Pet Rescue Resources
Hill’s Disaster Relief Network
Hill’s Disaster Relief Network works with shelter partners and local veterinarians to respond to natural disasters through the US and Canada by supplying pet food to communities impacted by disasters such as Hurricane Harvey.
Established in 2013, Hill’s is able to respond quickly to supply pet food to communities in need. The network is now responding to help Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. To date they’ve delivered over 45,000 pounds of pet food to over 35 shelter partners and vet clinics in Texas, including the two leading animal welfare agencies in the region: Houston SPCA and the SPCA of Texas.
You can find Hill’s tips for preparing a Pet Emergency Go-Kit and learn more tips about disaster preparedness and safety at HillsPet.com/PetPrepared.
Pet-Friendly Hurricane Shelters In Florida
Petplan is providing a list of pet-friendly shelters in Florida to consider if you have to leave your pets behind.
- The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition Grounds located at 10901 SW 24th Street.
- Doctor Michael Krop Senior High (1410 NE 215th St.).
- Broward County:
- Millennium Middle School (5803 N.W. 94th Avenue.)
- For a full list of pet-friendly hurricane shelters in Florida, visit http://petfriendlytravel.com/pet_shelters.
It’s important to remember that all of these organizations have one mission in mind, to see that they save and care for as many pets as possible, and if separated from their families, reunited with them as soon as possible. That’s always our favorite picture following disasters such as Hurricane Harvey, families reunited with their pets.