Pets and Disaster

Remember that no two disasters will ever be the same and you can never be too prepared. But, planning ahead could save your pet's life.

  • Keep your pet's vaccination and medical records up to date in case boarding is necessary. Records should also be easy to find when you need them.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag with your name, address and phone number. A good idea is to have an alternate ID tag listing a contact in a different location. Consider a permanent ID such as a tattoo or microchip implant.
  • Keep a photo of your pet with you to prove ownership.
  • If you must evacuate your home, it's best to take your pet. If you must be separated from your pet and you do not have time to go to a boarding facility, remember to leave food and water in non-spill containers.
  • Be careful when your pet goes outside after a disaster. Familiar landmarks may have changed and your pet may become confused or lost. Other dangers could include downed power line or wild animals.
  • If your pet is lost during a disaster, contact veterinary hospitals, boarding kennels, animal control facilities and humane societies in your area. The same applies if you find a lost pet.

It may seem unnecessary to do or think about this now, but when a disaster strikes, phone lines go down, public facilities become overwhelmed and essential services are unavailable. You'll be glad you were prepared to care for your entire family.

Source: Kansas Veterinary Medical Association