Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness

Preparing a disaster plan for your pet

Do you have a plan to protect your pet during a disaster or emergency?

The American Humane Rescue team is prepared to deploy any of our emergency vehicles at a moment’s notice to help animals in need, but we want to ensure that all pet owners are prepared, too. So be sure you are empowered with the knowledge and tools to keep you and your pets safe and build your own pet preparedness plan today.


Plan ahead to keep yourself, your family and your pets safe in case of disaster.


Disaster Preparedness Checklist

Here is our checklist so you can prepare an emergency kit and make sure you are ready to protect your pets when disaster strikes:

  1. Water, food and medications
    • Two week supply of food in cans or a waterproof, airtight container
    • Feeding instructions for each animal
    • Two week supply of water
    • Food and water dishes
    • Two week supply of medications and necessary medication instructions
  2. Documentation
    • Veterinary records (vaccinations, medical summary, rabies certificate/tag, medication prescriptions)
    • Registration information (proof of ownership or adoption records)
    • Microchip information
    • Recent photographs of each pet
    • Waterproof container for documents
  3. Supplies
    • Collar with contact information
    • Harness and/or leash
    • Pet first aid kit
    • Pet carrier and pet bedding
    • Familiar items (treats and toys to reduce stress)
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Litter-box and litter (cats)
    • Rescue alert sticker

Our first-responders are there when animals need them most

From natural disasters to animal cruelty investigations, we are on the front lines protecting animals in times of crisis.

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News & Updates

PEDIGREE Foundation Supports American Humane’s Disaster Relief Efforts Following Monster Hurricane Ida

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, November 2, 2021 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced that the PEDIGREE Foundation awarded it a $5,000 grant in support of American Humane’s disaster relief efforts in Louisiana in the aftermath of deadly Hurricane Ida. The American Humane Rescue team deployed to manage a temporary animal shelter for hundreds of displaced…
November 2, 2021

American Humane and Anheuser-Busch Celebrate National Preparedness Month with ‘Prepare for Your Pets’ Campaign

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, September 9, 2021 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced a new partnership with Anheuser-Busch and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation including a grant in support of American Humane’s disaster response efforts. The grant coincides with National Preparedness Month and together, American Humane and Anheuser-Busch, will support pet-focused relief efforts and raise awareness of…
September 9, 2021

Thank you to our sponsors, Zoetis and Anheuser-Busch, that donate medications and supplies for our critical rescue deployments.