Have you included your pets in your disaster plan?

Puppy HoboRemember, pets are a member of your family.  Don’t wait until it’s too late. Make a plan and be prepared.  Since we don’t know if today will be the day prior to a disaster, let’s be prepared and get ready!

Does your pet have a collar or identification on?
A microchip? This will help you and your pet find each other if the collar comes off.  Make sure that the information is current with the microchip company and your veterinarian.

Do you have a pet carrier and leash that you can use to transport your pet if needed to keep both your pet as well as others safe from your pet.  It is possible that your pet will be very stressed with all the commotion during an evacuation.  Keeping your pet contained will help eliminate the anxiety they might have.

If you are sheltering in a place ensure you have plenty of food/water for your pet as well as yourself.  Pets may not be allowed in local human shelters so it is best to check with the humane society ahead of time which shelter in your area will be able to take you and your pet(s) If you are required to evacuate.  Finding this information out prior to an “event” will be less stressful.  Another option is to look for pet friendly hotels outside the evacuation area. Lastly, call your friends/family and see if you will be welcome in their home with your pet(s).

Now that you have a place to go, it is time to  get started on gathering the information that you will need to take with you. Besides the food, water, medication’s (2 weeks’ worth), trash and cleaning supplies (in case of an accident), it is advisable to take your pets vaccine info., rabies certificate and anything else that would be pertinent to your pets health.

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Microchip Your Pet

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Enough is enough.  We have had at least four lost/missing pets this past week alone.  This is four too many.  For the most part, assuming no foul play you can be reunited with your pet.  Signs can be put up both in your neighborhood, calls made to all the local area veterinarians. The animal care and control (http://nycacc.org/LostFound.htm) even has a website that allows you to both look for and post information about your lost pet.  However, the best way to get your pet back is by making sure your pet has a microchip.  A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice that is inserted behind the neck area of your pet via an injection.  The microchip has a number on it that is just for your pet.  The number needs to be registered with your contact information.  The microchip contact information must be kept up to date in order to be reunited with your pet.  If not, it will be very difficult if not impossible to reunite you with your pet.

All dogs should have a microchip.  Dog’s can get off their leash, be left in the yard or run out of an open door in a matter of seconds.  However, a microchip is not only for dogs.     But…my cat is an indoor cat, it can’t get out.  Really?  For the most part that may be true, however what about the rare instance when the door is left open and your kitty wanders out, and down the hall etc.  Sounds far-fetched, but it does happen.  Or are you one of these people that think that your cat needs to go outside?  Bad idea, you may be asking for trouble.  They can get into fights, contract fleas and become lost.  Please keep your cat indoors and safe.

If you have adopted your pet from a shelter or rescue group, they usually have a microchip inserted.  Did you register the chip in your name?  Not sure?  No worries.  If you have the chip number you can check online at www.petmicrochiplookup.org   If you do not know the number of the microchip we can scan your pet.  The scanner is able to ascertain if a chip has been inserted and indicates the number of the chip.