DISTRICT OF LAKELAND NO. 521

Serving Emma, Christopher, Anglin & Mcphee Lakes, Elk Ridge Resort & Boreal Forest Region

Animals, like every other member of your family, deserve the protection and security of emergency preparation.

Before an Emergency

If you must evacuate your home, it’s always best to take your pets.

  • Pets are vulnerable when an emergency occurs.
  • Keep your pet’s shots current and know where the records are. Most kennels require proof of current rabies, distemper and kennel cough immunization to accept pets. It is a good idea to keep these papers with the other documents you would carry if you need to evacuate.
    • Have an emergency supply kit ready that includes:
      • A three-day supply of food and drinking water, as well as bowls, cat litter and a container to be used as a litter box.
      • Current photos and descriptions of pets.
      • Up-to-date identification, including an additional tag with the phone number of someone out of the evacuation area in the event the pet becomes lost.
      • Medications, medical records and a first aid kit stored in a waterproof container.
      • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers to transport pets safely as well as blankets or towels for bedding and warmth. Carriers should be large enough to comfortably house your pet for several hours or even days.
  • Contact motels and hotels in communities outside of your area to find out if they will accept pets in an emergency.
  • If your plans are to evacuate to the home of a friend or family, ask if you can bring your pets.

During an Emergency

  • Bring your pets inside immediately. Animals sometimes sense severe weather changes and might run away to hide.
  • Never leave pets outside or tied up during a storm.
  • If you must evacuate, take your pets, activate your emergency plan, and bring your emergency supply kit.
  • Separate pets for their safety.
  • Cover bird cages with cloth.

After an Emergency

In the first few days after the event, leash your pets when they go outside and always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered, and your pet may get confused or lost. Dangerous animals may be brought into the area with floods, and the stress can make wild animals dangerous. Downed power lines are also a hazard for pets.
The behaviour of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch your animals closely.
For more help in managing your pet’s behaviour during this transition time, contact your veterinarian.