“It is often a last-minute consideration,” says Celene Albano with the Hurricane Pet Rescue non-profit. “So people take their pets without the right supplies or adequate plans which then creates big problems wherever they go. Or they abandon their animals which is even worse.”
Here are specific steps to consider to safely evacuate with your pets.
Check in with your vet: The veterinarian should be able to get you copies of your pet’s records and proof of vaccinations. If your pet takes medication, make sure to get a two to three week supply. Check with your vet about enrolling your pet in a recovery database and getting your pet microchipped. Even if they have a microchip, your pet should also have a collar with a rabies vaccination tag and an ID tag that includes your cell phone number.
Where to go
If they’re staying home
Don’t abandon them: Unfortunately, a lot of small pets are abandoned. During Hurricane Harvey, these were the phone calls that were the hardest for Albano. “Hundreds of people would call and tell us that if we could not take them, that they were leaving their pets. Pets are family, and I couldn’t believe it. That is just wrong.”
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