CHICOPEE – It is very common to have a plan in place for your loved ones in case of an emergency; such as dried foods, shelter, evacuation routes and more. The question is have you thought of a plan for your pets in case of an emergency?
On this 10th anniversary year of Hurricane Katrina, in which estimates say that over 10,000 animals were rescued and only 40 percent reunited with their families, emergency pet preparedness is vital. The unimaginable disasters which have occurred in our region over recent years, such as October snowstorms, tornados and micro-bursts, have brought to light the need locally to be more aware of our emergency plans.
If a disaster were to occur it is typically easier for humans to find shelter, but many times pets are not allowed. A recommendation from The Good Dog Spot in Chicopee is to contact hotels and motels and even friends or family are who out of the area in advance, to make sure there is a place to go with your animals. Do not leave your pet behind when there is a need to evacuate.
In addition, just like you would for your family, it is important to prepare in advance with an emergency kit for your pets. This is something you can easily grab on your way out the door during an emergency. Suggestions for your kit include a leash, food, drinkable water, bowls, a current photo of your pet, medications for your pet, any medical information, an easily transportable pet bed and toys.
Other tips include:
• Make sure your pet(s) wear collars and tags with up-to-date contact information and other identification.
• Microchip your pet(s) – this is one of the best ways to ensure that you and your pet are reunited if you are separated. Always be sure to register the microchip with the manufacturer and keep your contact information up to date with the microchip company.
• If you have a cat(s) or small dog(s) you should be prepared with a carrier in an easily retrievable location. Write your pet's name, your name and contact information on each carrier.
For more information on emergency preparedness from the Good Dog Spot, or to learn more about them, log on to www.GoodDogSpot.net.