National Pet Preparedness Month: You May Be Ready but Is Your Pet?

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2013 – In the wake of recent events like the Oklahoma tornadoes, the question must be asked: “Are you prepared to take care of yourself and your family, including your pets, when disaster strikes?”  This is the question National Pet Preparedness Month is designed to bring to the forefront of our minds and to ensure we are remembering to plan for the four-legged loved ones in our lives. This month is all about education, preparation and helping “pet parents” have the tools they need to include household animals in their evacuation plans and safety procedures.

American Humane Association recommends the following top 10 items be included in a disaster preparedness kit:

  1. Food (your pet's regular food)

  2. Water

  3. Leash and collar

  4. Bowl(s)

  5. Photo of your pet/ID and a photo of you with your pet

  6. Medications your pet needs

  7. Immunization/vet records (keep both updated)

  8. Pet carrier

  9. First aid kit

  10. Contact list of pet-friendly hotels, veterinarians, American Red Cross, American Humane Association and out-of-town friends/family

In addition, new technology is being developed to help identify and return pets to their families. For instance, PetHub has developed wireless ID tags that allow pet parents to store critical pet information including an animal’s microchip information, license and rabies tag numbers, medication and allergy details, contact phone numbers, and care provider information in a free, updatable online profile that also links to a free 24/7 Found Pet Hotline. You can click here to watch a video of how such technology works.  As an added benefit, a portion of sales of specially priced protection bundles will help support American Humane Association.

Additional links to help keep animals safe before, during and after a disaster can be found on American Humane Association’s website, www.americanhumane.org ."Every year, tens of thousands of animals are separated from their human companions," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association. "Our Red Star™ Animal Emergency Services have saved, sheltered and reunited 70,000 animals in just the past five years. We urge every pet owner to prepare before problems arise to keep their entire family safe and healthy.”

About American Humane Association

American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect.  Their legendary Red Star Rescue team has been involved in nearly every major animal relief effort over the past 100 years, starting in World War I when they rescued wounded horses, and continuing through the decades with on-the-scene help following Pearl Harbor, Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, and Sandy, the eruption at Mount Saint Helens, 9/11, and the disasters in Memphis and Joplin. Red Star has rescued and sheltered 70,000 animals in just the past five years.

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