"Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural. They show us what's missing in our lives, and how to love ourselves more completely and unconditionally. They connect us back to who we are, and to the purpose of why we're here." ― Trisha McCagh

Disaster Preparedness For Companion Pets

Each of your companion pets have different needs; therefore, you will need to take this into consideration when preparing your evacuation  plan. Also, it is important to have an emergency kit for your pets (also known as "go bags").  These kits should be assembled in easy-to-carry, waterproof containers.  Store them where they are easily accessible and away from areas of extreme temperatures.    Listed below are emergency items to include.  For the "pocket pets', birds, and reptiles, the items listed is in addition to the pertinent items listed under Dogs & Cats.

  • 2-week supply of food (dry or canned)
  • 2-week supply of water in sturdy plastic gallon jug
  • Food and water bowls
  • Can opener / spoon (canned food)
  • Blankets or towels for bedding
  • Sturdy crates/carriers for each pet.  Should be large enough for pets to stand comfortable, turn around and lie down.  Label crates with your contact information
  • Copies of veterinary records and proof of ownership
  • Provide veterinary and pharmacy information
  • List medications and include dosage
  • Diet records for each pet; note food allergies
  • Current photos of you and pets together
  • Extra collars / harnesses, leashes
  • Familiar pet toys
  • Disposable waste bags
  • Litter pan / litter

(Hamsters, rats, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.)

  • 2-week supply of food and water
  • Secure, covered carrier or cage
  • Food bowls, water dispensers
  • Bedding materials for cages
  • Medications & medical records
  • Dietary supplements
  • Exercise equipment/toys
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  • Small, secure covered carriers to avoid injury
  • Plant mister for cooling birds in hot weather
  • Hot water bottle for warming birds in cold weather
  • Materials to line the bottom of cages
  • Cage perch
  • Bird toys
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  • Small transport carrier
  • Water bowl for soaking
  • Dietary supplements
  • Spray bottle for misting
  • Extra newspapers or bags
  • Heating pad
  • Battery-operated heating source 
  • Extra batteries
  • Handling gloves / supplies