Hurricanes and Your Pets
Every member of your
family should know what he or she needs
to take when you evacuate. You also should prepare supplies
for your pets. Stock up on nonperishables well ahead of time, add
perishable items at the last minute, and have everything ready
to go at a moment?s notice. Keep everything accessible, stored
in sturdy containers (duffel bags, covered trash containers, etc.)
that can be carried easily.
Place the following
items in a waterproof container so you?re ready to go if you need to
Dogs and Cats
- Your veterinarian's contact name and phone number
- Copies of pet vaccination records
- Extra collar
- Food and water bowls
- Bottled water
- Paper towels
- Plastic baggies for picking up pet waste
- Muzzle, if necessary
- First aid kit
- Current photo of your pet
- 5-day supply of pet food and can opener if you need one
- Kitty litter
- Small travel kitty litter box
- Several pillowcases for transporting
- Water bowl
- Heating pad
Small mammals (in small carriers)
- Bedding material
- Food bowl and water bottle
Birds (in carrier with perch inside)
- Don't leave your pet behind.
- Don't rely on the city to evacuate or care for your pet.
- Don't leave your pet tied up outside to a tree or a fence? they can?t
escape water, wind, or falling items or they?ll die trying to escape.
- Don't leave your pet indoors; floods from tidal surges can trap your
animal in a house.
- Don't plan to leave your pet anywhere within the hurricane strike
- Don't leave your pet at a boarding facility in the strike zone.
There's no guarantee they have an evacuation plan.
- Choose an evacuation destination in advance of an evacuation order.
Consider pet-friendly hotels, family, friends, and boarding facilities
outside of the danger area. Pet friendly hotels can be found by visiting
two websites www.petswelcome.com or www.petsallowed-hotels.com. If you
don?t have a computer, you can also visit a local library or the
- Call or check the website of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture
& Forestry or the LA/SPCA to find out where pet-friendly shelters
may be located. These should be used as a last resort; they fi ll
quickly on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be required to
care for your pet so staying close-by the pet-friendly shelter is
- Check your pet's boarding facility's evacuation plans before going on
vacation. Many veterinarians were forced to leave their clients? pets
behind when Hurricane Katrinathreatened New Orleans. Some people who
boarded their pets while on vacation were unable to get back and their
pets died. Make sure your boarding facility has a plan in advance in
case you are unable to come home to retrieve your pet.
- Keep a hurricane-ready pack for your pet so you can pick up and go
without forgetting important items.
Pet Travel Carrier
- Get a portable secure and covered
pet carrier in advance (carriers
immediately sell out when
evacuation orders are called). The
carrier should be large enough so
that your pet can completely turn
- Mark your name, address, and
phone number on the carrier and
that of an alternate contact outside
the strike zone.
- Get a properly fi tted collar with
up-to-date rabies and identifi cation
tags. Add a phone number that will
allow you to be reached outside the
disaster zone. LA/SPCA is giving
away free tags for a limited time.
- Microchip your pet. A microchip
ensures that your pet is identifi ed
in case his/her collar/tag is lost.
Make sure your address is up-to-date
with the microchipping company.
Health Records & Medication
- All boarding facilities and
veterinarian offi ces require proof
of immunization before accepting
animals. They will not risk the
health and safety of the animals
on-site regardless of how much
pleading you do.
preparation will help you weather the disaster,
but your home may be a very different place afterward, whether you
have taken shelter at home or elsewhere, be patient with your pets
after a disaster. Try to get
them back into their normal routines as soon as possible,
and be ready for behavioral problems that may result from
the stress of the situation. If behavioral problems persist,
or if your pet seems to be having any health problems,
talk to your veterinarian.