Are You and Your Pet Ready for a Natural Disaster?
Published on: October 3, 2017 | Author: Starwood Pet Travel
With wildfires raging across the United States, a series of devastating hurricanes sweeping through the southern region and the Caribbean Islands, and numerous major earthquakes shaking Mexico - the significance of natural disasters is at the forefront of everyone's minds in North America. However, it is important to recognize that natural disasters can strike anywhere in the world. Without proper preparation, these unexpected events can quickly escalate into unimaginable tragedies.
Are you and your pet ready for the worst?
A lost pet is a family disaster
Our beloved pets are more than just animals - they are cherished members of our family. They provide us with companionship, comfort, and unconditional love. In times of crisis, we turn to our furry friends for support. But what happens when a natural disaster strikes and we are separated from them? The anxiety and fear that ensue can be overwhelming for both humans and our pets. The aftermath of a disaster only adds to the physical and emotional suffering.
The devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 highlighted the heartbreaking reality of lost pets. The Louisiana SPCA reported that over 15,500 animals were rescued, but less than 20% were reunited with their owners. This heartbreaking statistic led to the passing of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act by Congress the following year. This federal law mandates that any state seeking assistance from FEMA must have a formal plan in place for evacuating not only people but also their precious pets and service animals.
Identification is crucial
It is crucial for every pet owner to take proactive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of their furry companions. While local shelters do their best to find temporary housing for rescued pets, identification is key in reuniting them with their families. Collars and tags can easily get lost, which is why microchipping your pet is highly recommended. A microchip not only identifies your pet but also provides a link to their international travel documentation and stores your current contact information. This greatly increases the chances of being reunited with your pet should they ever get lost.
What if your pet needs medical attention?
In times of crisis, it may be challenging to access veterinary care for your pet. Therefore, it is crucial to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide basic medical attention. Most pet owners are unaware that they can administer CPR to their dogs or cats, potentially saving their lives. Additionally, having an emergency first aid kit specifically tailored for your pet is essential. The Humane Society of the United States offers a comprehensive list of ways to be prepared.
The best plan is to have a plan
The key to mitigating the impact of a natural disaster on our beloved pets is preparedness. The ASPCA has valuable tips for creating a pet emergency plan. By being prepared and taking immediate action, we can ensure the health and safety of our furry family members in times of crisis.
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