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Make a Plan for Your Pet Before Disaster Strikes
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Red Cross
August 28, 2008

Our pets enrich our lives in more ways than we can count. In turn, they depend on us for their safety and well-being. Here's how you can be prepared to protect your pets when disaster strikes.

Photo Credit:Drew Christopher
Photo Credit: Drew Christopher

Pet disaster plan:

Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets.Visit www.redcross.org for more information on pets and disasters.

  • Service animals that assist those with disabilities are allowed in our shelters.
  • Plan ahead.
    • Know which hotels or motels outside your immediate area accept pets.
    • Ask relatives or friends outside the affected area if they would keep your pet(s).
    • Keep a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who can shelter animals in an emergency.
    • Keep a list of pet-friendly places handy.If you have notice of a disaster, call for reservations.

Pet disaster supplies kit:

  • Include medications and medical records, first aid kit, sturdy leash, harness, pet carrier, current photo of pet, food, water, bowls, cat litter pan, can opener, pet bed and toys.
  • Also include your veterinarian's number.
  • Disaster warning:

    • Call ahead to confirm shelter arrangements for you and your pet(s).
    • Bring all pets into the house.
    • Make sure dogs and cats are wearing secure collars with up-to-date identification.
    • If you aren't at home, ask if a neighbor will get your pet(s) and meet you at a prearranged location.

    All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like Tropical Storm Gustav, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

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