petsMost emergency shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety regulations.

Service animals for people with disabilities are an exception. Arrange for a neighbour to check on your pets and take care of them if an emergency occurs while you are not at home. Plan ahead for a friend or relative outside the affected area to shelter your animals if necessary. Keep your pets ID tags up to date. Consider having your pet micro-chipped if it is not already.

Survival kit

If you have pets, include them in your emergency planning. Make an emergency getaway bag for each of your pets and include the following:

  • sturdy leashes and/or carriers to transport pets
  • current photos of your pets in case they get lost
  • food and safe drinking water for at least three days¬†
  • bowls, cat litter and pan, plastic bags, can opener and pet toys
  • information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, immunisation records and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets.

During emergencies

  • Bring all pets into the house so that you won't have to search for them if you have to leave in a hurry.
  • Do not try and hold on to your pet during the shaking of an earthquake or explosion. Animals instinctively protect themselves and hide where they are safe.
  • Animals react differently under stress. The most trustworthy pets may panic, hide, and try to escape or even bite or scratch.
  • Outside your home and in the car, keep dogs securely leashed. Transport cats in carriers.
  • When you return home, give your pets time to settle back into their routines. Consult your veterinarian if any behavioral problems persist.