Even while we mourn the loss of life and destruction, people are still dealing with the after effects. They're without power, cleaning up, and trying to put their life together. But many of them have pets and need to deal with their welfare at the same time.
We thought we'd offer some tips for caring for your pets.
If you haven't found shelter yet, you and your pet are in luck. All three of the prominently known shelters (Centennial Sportsplex, East Magnet School, and Victory Baptist in Mt. Juliet) are allowing people to bring their pets with them. So you can stay there with your animals.
Also, many places that care for pets have offered help. @woodyandjimshow listener Victoria called the show this morning to offer 1/2 price pet boarding and daycare for pets who have been effected by the tornado.
Tips for helping your pets in a disaster from the CDC:
Sheltering during an evacuation
- Remember, during a disaster, what is good for you is good for your pet. If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors.
- Contact your local emergency management office and ask if they offer accommodations for owners and their pets. If accommodations are needed for your pet(s):
- Contact local veterinary clinics, boarding facilities, local animal shelters, family or friends outside the evacuation area, or a pet-friendly hotel, particularly along evacuation routes.
- Visit the Humane Society websiteexternal iconexternal iconto find a shelter in your area.
- Remember to take your pet’s emergency kit with you.
- Learn what to expect if you take your pet to an evacuation center.
Sheltering in place
When sheltering at home with your pet, make sure the room chosen is pet-friendly in the following ways:
- Select a safe room, preferably an interior room with no (or few) windows.
- Remove any toxic chemicals or plants.
- Close off small areas where frightened cats could get stuck in (such as vents or beneath heavy furniture).
To prepare for future disasters:
- Photocopied veterinary records
- Rabies certificate
- Medical summary
- Prescriptions for medications
- Most recent heartworm test result (dogs)
- Most recent FeLV/FIV test result (cats)
- Photocopied registration information (ex: proof of ownership or adoption records)
- Pet description(s) (ex: breed, sex, color, weight)
- Recent photographs of each of your pets
- Waterproof container for documents
- Microchip information (ex: microchip number, name and number of the microchip company)
- Your contact information (phone numbers and addresses for your family and friends or relatives you may be staying with)
Water, Food, Medications
- 2-week supply of food for each animal stored in waterproof containers
- 2-week supply of water for each animal
- Non-spill food and water dishes
- Manual can opener
- Feeding instructions for each animal
- 2-week supply of any medications (if applicable)
- Medication instructions (if applicable)
- 1-month supply of flea, tick, and heartworm preventative
- Leash, collar with ID, and harness
- Litter and litterbox (cats)
- Appropriate-sized pet carrier with bedding, blanket, or towel
- Pet first aid book and first aid kit
- Cleaning supplies for accidents (paper towels, plastic bags, disinfectant)