Ensuring Your Pets are Included in Emergency Plans
The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) wants to remind the public that pets need to be included as a part of planning for any emergency. When it comes to pets, it starts with having a sturdy and comfortable crate at the ready, should the need to transport your animal arise. Additionally, your pets need a go-bag to make sure they’re taken care of. The bag should be waterproof, and contain necessities for your animals including:
- Several days’ worth of food and water
- Portable food and water bowls
- A manual can opener and utensils
- Kitty litter and disposable litter boxes, newspaper, potty pads
- Trash bags, paper towels and other pet sanitation needs
- Pet first-aid kit
- Collar with ID tags
- Extra leashes
- Grooming items
- Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof bag
- Toys and treats
Preparing this kit is also an opportunity to ensure that your pet’s microchip information is correct and up-to-date. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests carrying a picture of you with your pet, just in case you become separated.
Preparedness is responsible pet ownership.