Make Plans for Your Pets

Get Information and Make Plans

In most states, trained guide dogs for the blind, hearing-impaired, or handicapped will be allowed to stay in emergency shelters with their owners.

  • Be aware that most kennels require proof of current rabies and distemper vaccinations before accepting a pet.
  • Contact motels and hotels in communities outside of your area to find out if they will accept pets in an emergency.
  • Contact your veterinarian and find out if they will accept your pet in an emergency.
  • Decide on safe locations in your house where you could leave your pet in an emergency.
    • Consider easy to clean areas such as utility areas or bathrooms and rooms with access to a supply of fresh water.
    • Avoid choosing rooms with hazards such as windows, hanging plants or pictures in large frames.
    • In case of flooding, the location should have access to high counters that pets can escape to.
  • Set up two separate locations if you have dogs and cats.

Important Information & Supplies

  • Keep your pet's shots current and know where the records are.
  • If your pet is on medication or a special diet, find out from your veterinarian what you should do in case you have to leave it alone for several days.
    • Try to get an extra supply of medications.
  • Make sure your pet has a properly fitted collar that includes current owner identification tag, rabies tag, or license tag (if applicable).
    • Current Owner Identification tag should include your name, address, and phone number.

A microchip implant is another great way to provide permanent identification for your pet.

Emergency Supplies

When assembling emergency supplies for the household, include the following items for pets:

  • Extra food
  • Food should be dry and relatively unappealing to prevent overeating. Store it in sturdy containers.
  • Kitty litter
  • Large-capacity self-feeder and water dispenser
  • Extra medications

If your dog normally wears a chain link choker collar, have a leather or nylon collar available if you have to leave him alone for several days.

Buy a pet carrier that allows your pet to stand up and turn around inside. Train your pet to become comfortable with the carrier. Use a variety of training methods such as feeding it in the carrier or placing a favorite toy or blanket inside.