Animals in Disaster

Many families own pets and consider them part of their family. Preparing your family for disaster means not only preparing for human family members, but also making appropriate preparations for your pets. It is important to consider planning for routine emergencies and large scale disasters that may affect your pets.

You can take small steps to protect your pets. Arrange for caretakers or shelters that may care for your pet during an emergency. Create a pet emergency supply kit to take with your during travel or when leaving your animal with someone else. Make sure your pet is wearing up-to-date identification with contact information. Never leave your pet behind. Remember that if conditions are unsafe for you, they are unsafe for your pet as well. During a disaster you may not be able to go home to your pet. If you are able to take your pet with you during a disaster, you may not be able to shelter with your pet. Your pet may shelter at another location, and you will be provided access to your pet daily.

What to include in a pet disaster supply kit:
• Five (5) days of food and water, bowls and a manual can opener if packing canned food
• Medical records in a waterproof container, any medications, and a first aid kit
• Cat litter and box, garbage bag, and scoop
• Liquid dish soap, disinfectant, and paper towels
• Sturdy leash, carrier crate, blankets, and bedding
• Current photos and descriptions of your pet Picture of Dog
• Pet beds and toys if easily transported
• Information about feeding schedules, medication needs, behavior problems, and contact information for your vet

Animals in Disaster Information Links:


American Society for Prevention of the Cruelty of Animals

FEMA Animals in Disaster Online Course

American Veterinary Medical Association