Friday, March 1, 2024

Ferris’ Day Off: Pet Parents Should Prepare for Storms

Hounds are great for alerting you to an emergency! (photo cred: Sweet Ellie Photography)

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Hurricane season has arrived. Being prepared for an emergency is critical not only for ourselves but also for our furry family members.

Prevent pet loss by having your pet microchipped (and registered) and have them wear an identification tag with your cell phone. This information could be vital in reuniting you quickly if your pet is displaced or escapes.

Ferris is microchipped but, he also wears an AirTag and identification. (Stephanie Sabin/WYDaily)

In advance of a storm, the American Red Cross suggests assembling an emergency kit for both humans and pets that is kept in an accessible place and stored in a sturdy container that can be easily carried.

This emergency kit should include:

  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that they can’t escape.
  • Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan and a manual can opener if your pet eats canned food.
  • Medications and copies of medical records stored in a waterproof container.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Current photos of you with your pet(s) in case they get lost. Since many pets look alike, this will help to eliminate mistaken identity and confusion.
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.
  • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.

Families should also have an emergency plan. It is important to know evacuation routes and know where your pet will be welcomed. Most emergency shelters do not allow pets so, having a safe place to take your pet will give your family peace of mind.

Barley Malt and Ferris are ready to evacuate if the need arises. (Stephanie Sabin/WYdaily)

Make sure your pets are current on their vaccines and have copies of those records handy. Some of the shelters, rescues, hotels, clinics and boarding kennels that might temporarily house pets during disasters will require vaccination records according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Lastly, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. During an evacuation, the Humane Society of the United States reminds pet owners that “you have no way of knowing how long you’ll be kept out of the area, and you may not be able — or allowed — to go back for your pets. Pets left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost or killed. Remember to make plans for ALL your pets.”

Happen to spot Ferris out on an adventure? Come say hello! If you have a dog-friendly suggestion you would like Ferris to consider covering or visiting, please email his mom. Hounds are not very good at responding.

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