Advanced planning is essential- it could save the life of your pet and make life easier in an emergency situation.
Preparing for hurricane season can be stressful. Local shelters may allow you and your family to enter; however, pets may not be so lucky. Find out ahead of time as to which shelters allow pets. Pet friendly hotels in the area that are further inland – waiting until right before the hurricane hits is never a good idea and additional anxiety can be avoided if you are prepared. Click here to find pet friendly establishments.
PREPARING FOR EVACUATION: Bring all pets together in case you have to leave quickly. Call ahead for reservations at hotels that accept pets. Make sure to have your pet supply kit assembled. It should contain the following:
- Enough food, water and kitty litter, for at least 3 days. Try not to use moist foods as they can spoil rapidly. Water should be in a sanitized, unbreakable container.
- Plenty of cleaner/disinfectants, newspaper, paper towels, and plastic bags to properly handle pet waste.
- Only use easily transportable bedding and toys.
- A sturdy, properly sized (non-cardboard) crate, leashes, and any necessary obedience aids to transport pets safely and to ensure they will not escape.
- Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavioral problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board them.
- Medications should be stored in water-proof containers as well as a first aid kit. Include any special medications such as motion sickness pill or sedatives, if necessary.
- Current photos of your pet in case they get lost and a copy of the microchip ID number.