Animal Humane Society prepared for flooding, offers pet tips to residents
March 22, 2011
Record snow totals this winter combined with recent warm temperatures and heavy rain has many areas of Minnesota bracing for potential flooding. In the event that residents are evacuated from their homes, Animal Humane Society is prepared to help those who need to find temporary shelter for their pets. Animal Humane Society is part of the Minnesota Animal Disaster Coalition (MN-ADC), a group of public agencies and nonprofit organizations organized to develop disaster plans and to help coordinate emergency responses with respect to the rescue and care of animals in disasters.
We urge residents to plan ahead for their pets in case of emergency and to take their pets with them in the event they are evacuated. Here are some tips to prepare your pets for a possible emergency situation:
Keep a pet emergency supply kit, which should include the following:
- Drinking water and a three-or-more-day supply of food in airtight, water proof containers and bowls for each.
- For dogs include a leash, secure collar and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area.
- For cats include a litter box and litter as well as a sturdy carrier large enough for transport.
- Current photos and physical description of your pets, including details and markings.
- Medications, vaccination records (especially rabies records) and first aid pet supplies.
- Comfort items such as a toy and blanket.
- Small garbage bags.
In the event of a flood requiring evacuation:
- Do not leave your pets behind.
- Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not allow you to take your pets if you need to be rescued.
- Securely fasten a current identification tag to your pet’s collar. It’s a good idea to include your current cell phone number or that of a friend or family member so someone who finds your pet will be able to reach someone who knows you.
- Carry a photo of you and your pet for identification purposes.
- Transport pets in secure pet carriers and keep pets on leashes or harnesses.
- Because most emergency shelters do not admit pets, call hotels in a safe location and ask if you can bring your pets. Ask the manager if a no-pet policy can be lifted during the disaster.
- If you and your pets cannot stay together, call friends, family members, veterinarians or boarding kennels in a safe area to arrange foster care.
- Be sure to pack your pet’s emergency supply kit with the items listed above.
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers and addresses (your veterinarian, emergency veterinary clinics, local animal control, animal shelters, Red Cross, etc.).