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PET Plan

 Are your pets prepared?   

 
A written disaster plan, particularly in households with pets can lessen a  disaster's impact and save lives! The best recommended plan is to take your pet  with you when you have to evacuate. REMEMBER:   If it is unsafe for you to remain, it is unsafe for your pet(s) as  well.  Also, most public shelters Do Not allow pets.

Before an Emergency

  • Acquire a pet carrier or cage for EACH dog, cat, bird or small animal.  Make sure it is large enough for each pet to comfortably stand up and turn  around inside. Exceptions can be made to house more than one animal per carrier  but DO NOT mix different species together. Take time to familiarize your pet(s)  in the carrier or crate until it feels secure and comfortable in it.
  • Vaccinate your pet(s) yearly. Consult your veterinarian for the  necessary vaccinations for each pet. Boarding facilities REQUIRE proof of  current vaccinations before boarding animals.   Healthy pets have a greater chance of thriving during an emergency.
  • Provide Identification. The better animals are identified, the greater  the chances of reuniting them to their original rightful owners should they  become separated. Put current license and rabies tags on a properly fitted  collar. Microchipping is an excellent permanent ID. Using more than one ID can  also improve the odds. Consider placing an ID tag with an out-of-state contact  name & address along with your local information on its collar. Don't  forget to place ID on the carriers!
  • Photos! Take clear, color photos (frontal, left and right sides) and  store with your pet’s license, health records and ownership papers in a  waterproof carrier to take with you.  It  is a good idea to have pictures of you with your pet.

Make your pet emergency kit

  •   Carrier or  portable kennel for each pet.
  •   Paperwork  (ownership, registration, photos, health and vaccination records)
  •   A leash  and properly fitted collars/harness to restrain each pet
  •   Food and  water bowls
  •   Bottled  water (5-7 day supply--double what your pet(s) consumes on an average day)
  •   Food  supply (5-7 day) and manual can opener
  •   Medications, dosage and care instructions
  •   Toys,  blankets and special comfort items
  •   Cleaner  and disinfectant wipes to properly handle wastes
  •   Newspaper,  litter box, litter, scooper, plastic bags for wastes

When a disaster is  on the horizon…

  • Bring your  pet indoors when there is an impending threat of danger from storms or other  potentially dangerous events. Reassure your pet. Remember your pets can feel  your stress and emotional state.
  • If  evacuating, call ahead and make reservations at a motel/hotel located away from  the threatened area.  Ask for information  regarding their pet policies (number of pets allowed and fees). Some  motels/hotels will change their policies and accept pets in an emergency  situation, but call ahead first.

         Websites  for pet-friendly hotels:
                                     www.petswelcome.com
                                      www.pet-friendly-hotels.net
                                      www.bringfido.com

After the disaster…

Provide  a safe environment! Clear an area free of debris. Use restraint measures to  limit animals to "clean" areas and prevent injury to your animals.  Domestic and wild animals will be confused because of the loss of their  territorial markers. They will be attracted to poorly discarded food, potentially  becoming a threat to family and pets or becoming ill themselves.

If your pet is  hurt or lost, listen to emergency broadcasts for an open animal hospital/shelter.  Contact the Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter at (985) 873-6709.