Thursday, April 23, 2015

Keep Pets Safe In Emergencies #FoodShelterLove

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® and Food, Shelter & Love® Program, but Straight On Till Morning only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Has Spring weather been totally crazy where you are, too? I was just kicking back with my morning coffee yesterday when out of nowhere, pea sized hail started pelting the ground! That quick little storm was more amusing than anything, but this is definitely the time of year when huge, dangerous storms can pop up any time. Most of us have some kind of emergency plans, but do your plans include your pets?

I've mentioned the Hill’s® Food, Shelter & Love Program on the blog before, and the work they do providing awesome Hill's food to animal shelters and helping pets find homes. But have you heard about the work the Hill's Disaster Relief Network does to help pets that are in an emergency situation?

This definitely makes me want to set some cat food aside in case of emergency! 

I always keep a few spare cans on hand just in case, but I really should make sure I have enough on standby to last several days in case of emergency! Hill's Science Diet Optimal Care is perfect if you want a bag of dry food on hand!

So far, the Hill's Disaster Relief Network has delivered food to those affected by events including the mudslide in Washington state, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, and the wildfires in Colorado. Disasters are stressful enough, imagine worrying about your pets because you had to evacuate home, or because there was no food left on the store shelves! Eep!

FEMA National Pet Disaster Preparedness Day is coming up on May 9th - why not take this opportunity to put together an emergency kit and plan for your pets?

 Hill’s recommends the following Seven Tips to Ensure Your Pet’s Safety in an Emergency: 

1. Ensure your pet can be identified by either a microchip or collar ID tag and that contact information is up to- date.

2. Prepare a “Pet Emergency Go-Kit” of pet supplies that is readily accessible in an emergency. Your Pet Go-Kit should include the following: first aid supplies and guide book; a 3-day supply of pet food in a Article Starter Kit Hill’s® Science Diet® and Food, Shelter and Love Program waterproof container and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; comfort toys; and a blanket.

3. Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.

4. Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when they are frightened. Finding them quickly will help you evacuate faster.

5. Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.

6. Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.

7. If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate if possible for transport and safe-keeping.

Tenny shows off the importance of knowing where you cat carrier is in case of emergency! You might want to tape your pet's important medical info and contact info (including a photo) to the carrier in something waterproof, like a ziploc baggie!

Do you have an emergency plan for your pets? Any tips to share that I've left out? I'd love to hear them!

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