Attorney Kate Cavanaugh-Forte
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Is Your Pet Family-Then Plan for their Safety in Natural Disaster

Most of us think of our pets as family. We pamper them, care for them and worry about their health and well-being. but how many of us have a plan in place if there is a natural disaster. Here are some important links to help you create a plan.

8139638484_fab204e036_zIf you don’t have a plan and need information quickly in an emergency, contact:

  • Local Animal Shelters
    Because most emergency shelters do not admit pets, local animal shelters may be able to offer advice, such as what to do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate your home. Search for local shelters and rescue groups on Petfinder’s Shelter Center.
  • Local Government
    Local government animal control or service agencies can provide guidance on how to protect your pets in an emergency.

Find out what your community’s plans and resources are for protecting pets in an emergency. The following are considered key resources for planning how to ensure your pets’ safety before an emergency:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
    AMVA offers a variety of resources to assist veterinarians, animal owners, and others interested in the well-being of animals to prepare for animal safety in the event of a disaster.

  • RedRover
    Through its volunteer-driven RedRover Responders (formerly the Emergency Animal Rescue Service or EARS), RedRover shelters and cares for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises, such as criminal seizures and hoarding cases, in the United States and Canada. If you need sheltering assistance, please call RedRover at (800) 440-3277.

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    FEMA is the federal agency that leads the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incidentPet Travel and Lodging Resources

  • Most emergency shelters do not take pets. Before an emergency, plan where you will take your family and pets if you are ever asked to evacuate your home. There are a number of organizations that offer advice and resources for traveling with pets, including searchable lists of lodging establishments that accept pets.

Source: CDC 

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