Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

More Advice on Pet Preparedness

Maryland just declared a state of emergency. 

Planning For Your Pet

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, then the most effective thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. Leaving your pets behind may result in them being lost, injured, or even worse. Make sure to identify locations for your pets and consider boarding facilities.

•Bring pets indoor well in advance of a storm.

•Pet shelters will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Call ahead and determine availability.

•If pets cannot be found after the hurricane, contact the local animal control office to find out where lost animals can be recovered. Bring along a picture of your pet if possible.
Before the Hurricane
•Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations. Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.
•Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet.
•Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal – carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn around.
During the Hurricane

Animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have the following:
•Proper identification on collar and rabies tag
•Proper identification on all belongings
•A carrier or cage
•A leash
•An ample supply of food
•Water and food bowls
•Any necessary medications
•Specific care instructions
Prepare a disaster supply kit for your pets that should include: 
•First Aid Kit
•Sturdy leashes and collar and/or harnesses
•Carriers to transport pets safely
•Current photos of your pet
•Portable Water
•Can opener for canned food
Keep current information on:
•Feeding schedules
•Medical conditions and medical records
•Behavior problems