Before the disaster, be prepared:
- Be sure your pet wears a properly fitted collar with a current license and I.D. tag. Cats can wear a break-away collar and I.D. tag.
- Keep one leash for each dog you have. Place the leash in an easy-to-grab place.
- Acquire a pet carrier or crate for each pet (except large livestock). The pet carrier should be made of heavy plastic, fiberglass or metal, not cardboard. Let your pets become used to going in the carrier or crate.
- Keep a copy of your pet's vaccination records and several days supply of any medication your pet requires in a plastic bag. Either attach the bag to the carrier or keep it in your pet disaster kit.
- Stock up on food and kitty litter. Enough for 3-7 days.
- Stock up on newspaper, plastic bags, and disinfectants to clean up pet wastes.
- Make a disaster kit for your pet which includes all of the above.
- Remember pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters (for health reasons). The Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A will be able to provide shelter for displaced pets.
What to do after the disaster:
- Approach and handle your pets in a calm, quiet manner as they may be upset and confused.
- Examine your pets for injuries.
- Confine the pet to its carrier or crate. Do not leave an animal tied up outside by itself.
- If you have to evacuate and cannot take your pets leave them in a safe area of your house. Make sure they have water and dry food available for the length of time you will be gone. Also check with your local shelter as they may be able to house your animal for you. If your animal is difficult or dangerous make sure they are in a carrier or crate.
If your animal becomes lost after a disaster:
- Check with the local animal shelter at least every three days. Sometimes animals will hide for several days or longer.
- Check the area or neighborhood by driving slowly or walking and calling your pet by name.
- Post notices with a description and photograph of your pet.
- Check with local veterinarians and emergency animal clinics.