Service Animal/Pet Preparedness
Do Not leave your service animal or pet(s) behind during a disaster. Take him or her with you!
Watch our video for tips, which are outlined below as well.
To ensure your safety and the safety of service animals and pets, prepare as suggested by the Humane Society of the U.S. and the American Red Cross.
- Preplanning: Make arrangements for someone to care for your animal in times when you cannot get home during a disaster.
- Determine places that will take your animal during an evacuation (relative/friend or hotel/motel).
- Tag or microchip implant each animal.
- Important Documentation (Use our ID form; keep in waterproof container.)
- Breed, color(s), markings, age, sex, neutered or unneutered, any medical and behavioral problems, and medical and feeding schedules.
- Describe any unusual habits or markings because many animals look the same (e.g., “tabby cat” or “yellow Lab”), making it difficult to identify otherwise.
- Service animal identification.
- Veterinarian name and number.
- Photo for identification in case you are separated. Put photo on carrier too.
- Copy of vaccination record.
- To-Go Kit of Animal Supply Items
- Collar and tag for each animal that has your phone number (very important to ensure your pet gets back to you if lost). Put collar on during disaster.
- Sturdy leash and harness.
- Well-labeled cage/carrier for each animal (for transport, to prevent escape and for safe return) with animal identification information, your phone number, and photo of animal. Carriers should be large enough for animal to stand and turn around in.
- 3-day supply of food and water with can opener, food and water bowls.
- Bedding, favorite toy, brush and comb.
- Extra supply of medications.
- Litter, litter pan, and litter scoop.
- Plastic bags/paper towels for disposing of feces.