Preparing a disaster plan for your pet
Have you got a plan to protect your pet during a disaster or emergency?
Disasters such as earthquakes, floods and cyclones strike the world's population more than 400 times every year, killing, injuring and displacing millions of people and animals.
Despite this, animals are rarely included in national emergency response programmes. With over 50 years of rescuing animals in disasters, we are helping governments and communities around the world to better prepare for disasters.
Here is our checklist so you can make sure you are ready to protect your pets
1. Prepare an emergency kit with non-perishable pet food, bottled water, medications, veterinary records, pet insurance information and a first aid kit in waterproof container/bag.
2. Make sure identification tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet's collar.
3. Identify a shelter that can host both you and your pet. Make sure you have a carrier and a leash that you can use to transport your pet. Practice getting them in and out of the carrier so they are familiar with the routine.
Disaster plans are not just for pets. If you have other animals in your care, such as livestock, make sure you have a plan ready.
Support World Animal Protection’s work in disasters
For more than 50 years, World Animal Protection has worked tirelessly to save millions of animals in disasters all over the world. We work to get living conditions back to normal – or improve them – for all affected animals. Support our Disaster Relief Fund and help us have the funds ready to bring immediate relief to animals when a disaster strikes.