Prevent. Protect. Respond. Recover.

Pet Preparedness

More than 30 percent of individuals who refused to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina did so because they were unwilling to leave their pets behind.

An ASPCA survey conducted in 2004 indicated that nearly 50 percent of respondents did not have a family or per evacuation plan. It also revealed that 67 percent of the respondents would refuse to leave pets behind or go to an evacuation shelter that did not accept pets.

“Amid the chaos of a mass evacuation - when every second counts -- even the most beloved companion animals can be overlooked and left behind. If flood waters are rising, people typically cannot take the time to coax terrified cats out from under their beds. Even wild animals, despite their survival instincts, cannot always save themselves from a perilous situation.”

-American Humane Society

Have a Plan

Sample Plans

Make a Pet Disaster Supply Kit

Your pet depends on you for care after a disaster. The following are items you should place in a pet disaster supply kit. Prepare your kit before a disaster occurs.

Pet Emergency Supplies

  • Sturdy crate as a pet carrier
  • Identification tag containing accurate, up-to-date information
  • A sturdy leash
  • Food and water for at least three days
  • Non-spill bowl
  • Portable litter box and litter
  • Large plastic bags for cat litter disposal and dog clean up
  • Prescriptions and special medications
  • Manual can opener
  • A copy of your pet's veterinary records
  • Recent photo of your pet
  • Blankets
  • Paper towels
  • Phone number of the local emergency veterinary clinic
  • Phone number of your local and county animal shelter

Pet First Aid

  • Large and small bandages
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Q-tips
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Elastic tape
  • Eye wash (saline)
  • Ear cleaning solutions
  • K-Y jelly