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If you're a pet owner, you've probably wondered what to do for your pets in a natural disaster. In my house growing up, my parents had stickers on the windows for firefighters to see. They had our animals names on them and also how many of each particular animal we had. That way in an emergency, they could be found.
But what about pets who aren't so lucky? How will they even eat if their homes are destroyed? Now with the Disaster Relief Network through Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program, they can. The program will enable Hill’s to quickly deploy pet food resources in case of an emergency. The network consists of nearly 100 participating shelters across the country that Hill’s can work with to distribute emergency food supplies to the pets who need it most.Since 2002, Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program has donated more than $240 million worth of Hill’s Science Diet brand foods to nearly 1,000 shelters nationwide and helped more than 7 million pets find new homes. Every day, the program helps feed more than 100,000 homeless pets across the country. Through the Disaster Relief Network, Hill’s will be able to increase the reach of its assistance to pets, pet owners and communities during natural disasters and emergencies.
Hill’s advises pet owners to take the following steps to prepare your pet for an emergency event, including evacuation:
- Ensure your pet can be identified by either a microchip or collar ID tag, with updated contact information.
- Prepare an emergency box of pet supplies that is readily accessible in the event of an evacuation. Emergency kits should include: first aid supplies and guide book; a 3-day supply of pet food in a waterproof container and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; comfort toys; and a blanket.
- Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include veterinarian’s contact information.
- Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area – keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be able to shelter pets. Scout hotels/motels with pet friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and/or your pet.
- If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate if possible for transport and safekeeping.
- Carry a good picture of your pet with you in the event of separation during evacuation. Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house because pets may hide if they are scared. Finding them quickly will help you evacuate faster.
Are you currently prepared for an emergency event for your pet?