Pets & Livestock

slider-animalsFor many of us, our pets are family members.  For others, livestock is a means of making a living.  Always make sure to include your pets and livestock in your disaster plans.  For those with pets, make sure to take your pet with you if you evacuate.  While pets are not allowed in public shelters (unless they are a service animal), it is likely that the shelter will know of where your pet can be sheltered.  Make a list of friends, boarding facilities, and vets that could keep your pets in case of an emergency.  If you own livestock, be sure to plan for the watering, feeding, safety, identification, boarding, and transportation of animals in case of an emergency.  Don’t forget to keep a current list of all animals, including their location, identifying marks, and record of vaccinations.

Keeping a Pet Disaster Kit

If you own a pet, you should keep a pet disaster kit along with your personal kit.  Here are some ideas of what to include for your pet in case of an emergency:

  • Pet foods and treats
  • Drinkable water in sealed, plastic containers
  • Can opener for canned foods
  • Pet medications and medical records in a waterproof container
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers.  (Often animals act different because they are scared and in a new environment.  These items allow you to move your pet safely and prevents them from escaping.)
  • Current photos of your pet, in case they get lost
  • The name of your vet
  • Pet beds and toys, if there is room