Sunday, August 26, 2012

Protecting Pets in a Natural Disaster

Protecting Pets in a Natural Disaster | Nov 30th -0001

Make plans to ensure your pet's safety before, during and after a natural disaster. Contact the following organizations to help protect your pets in an emergency:

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 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 (AVMA)


  • Through its volunteer-driven RedRover Responders (formerly the Emergency Animal Rescue Service or EARS), RedRover shelters care for animals displaced by natural disasters in the United States and Canada. If you need sheltering assistance, visit RedRover or call (800) 440-3277.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Pet Travel and Lodging Resources

  • 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.

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