One of the most important lectures at the BlogPaws Conference was the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Disaster Relief Network. They talked about the significance of planning for your pet’s safety in case of an emergency. The presentation had such a strong impact on me that I turned their pet preparedness Infographic into a page you can print and keep. The free printable Hill’s Pet Emergency GO-Kit is ready for you to download or print on our website.
Hill’s pointed out that as pet parents, we provide our pets with good nutrition and health care to keep them fit and happy. However, we often forget to plan for their safety in the event of an emergency. Wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and flooding can occur at any time.
Many families plan for these disasters for themselves, but do not think how they will keep their dog or cat safe.
The 7 steps to make sure your pet is protected during an emergency
Hill’s wants to make sure that families include their pets in the emergency process. To ensure that happens, they put together the 7 steps below:
- Ensure your pet can be identified by either a microchip or collar ID tag and that contact information is up-to-date.
- Prepare a “Pet Emergency Go-Kit” of pet supplies.
- Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
- Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. It will help you evacuate faster.
- Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
- Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
- If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.
It lists the important supplies need to your pet if you have to leave home after a disaster.
In the past few years, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network delivered free food to shelters and veterinary clinics across the country in response to more than 40 natural disasters. The network responded to 16 emergencies across the United States in 2016, including the severe flooding in Louisiana, where it donated 75,000 pounds of free pet food.
Helping pet parents be prepared
Hill’s is committed to helping pet parents be prepared to face an emergency and so am I. It is especially important to those of us caring for a paralyzed pet. These dogs and cats are less likely to be able to find shelter or food if they are left on their own. Please take a minute to print the Go-Kit. Then post it in a visible place in your home. Proactive planning will keep pets’ safe.