Your pet or pets are
important to you, perhaps even a lifeline immediately after your husband’s
death. That’s why your pet’s protection during an emergency and at your
disability or death takes on a sense of urgency. The key to your pet’s safety
is to be as prepared as possible before an emergency strikes.
Here are a few
suggestions to protect your Pet or Pets in an emergency and at your disability
and death. Assemble a Pet Safety Kit. Carry a Pet Care Card. Create a Pet
Information Record including Medical History and your Pet’s Care Plan. Prepare
for evacuation, just in case. Choose a successor Caregiver and create a Letter
A Pet Safety Kit
includes everything your pet will need to survive and be as comfortable as
possible until the danger passes. For example:
- Food and
water for at least 5 days for each pet.
- Pet bowls
and a manual can opener.
and medical records stored in a waterproof container. Be aware of the
expiration dates and rotate the medications as necessary.
tag that’s up to date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. Include your
cell phone number and the phone number of a friend or relative outside of your
immediate area. If possible, attach the address and phone number of your
evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home. Have a
current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
- First aid
kit and a pet’s first aid book.
- Cat litter
box, a litter scoop and litter garbage bags to collect pet waste.
leashes and carriers for each pet to transport pets safely and to make certain
that your pets can’t escape. Carriers should be large enough for the animal to
stand comfortably, turn around and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the
carrier for hours at a time while you’re away from home. To accommodate smaller
pets have a secure cage with no loose objects. Include blankets or towels for
bedding and warmth.
photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you
and your pets become separated and you have to prove that they are yours.
- Pet beds
and toys to reduce your pets’ stress but only if you can easily take them with
Information Record that includes your emergency caregiver’s information, your
pet’s feeding schedule, medical conditions and the name and number of your
Other useful items include flashlights, blanket, yard
stake and long leash, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming
items and household bleach.