Pets are an important part of our daily lives. For many people, pets are members of the family. It’s important to remember to include supplies for your pets when developing your emergency plans.
Family pets should never be left behind in an evacuation. As families in evacuation zones prepare for hurricane season, they also need to plan for the family pet.
Decide before hurricane season begins where you and your family will stay if local officials call for an evacuation. Many hotels or shelters may not allow pets. Prepare an emergency kit for each pet in a waterproof, easy-to-carry container. Families evacuating in their own vehicles can use this check list:
· A secure pet carrier, cage or crate, plus leash and collar or harness for each pet.
· Muzzle (Anxiety and stress can cause any pet to bite. A muzzle serves to protect both the pet and other people.)
· An up-to-date identification tag on your pet’s collar and proof of ownership, such as a picture of you with your pet.
· Veterinary records and medications, such as flea or heartworm treatment, along with emergency contact information.
· One week’s worth of food and water for each pet, including dishes, spoon and a can opener.
· Written feeding and medication instructions, including what NOT to feed your pet.
· Clean-up supplies: paper towels, newspaper, kitty litter with pan and scoop for cats, sealable bags for disposing of waste, wet and dry wipes and hand sanitizers.
· Pet toys, bedding and treats.
For more information on care for household pets and livestock during evacuation and sheltering, visit:
Texas State Animal Resource Team