July 24, 2014 in Washington Voices

Tips for pet owners on preparing for emergency evacuation


The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is offering pet owners tips on preparing for an emergency evacuation:

• Make sure your pet is wearing up-to-date identification in the form of a license and microchip.

• Create an emergency kit before disaster strikes that includes food, water, medicines (with instructions) for five days, medical and veterinary records (since many temporary boarding facilities require vaccination information), a carrier, toys, a blanket or bed, a litter box and litter, and current photos of your pet with a description in case they get lost.

• Make a plan for a shelter by finding out what hotels outside of your immediate area might accept pets and make a list of potential boarding facilities, including phone numbers. Check with friends or relatives outside the area to see if they would be willing to help.

• If something happens when you are not in town, make arrangements for a trusted neighbor to take your pets and meet you at a specified location. Make sure that person is comfortable with your pet and knows where your pets are likely to be.

For more information, call SCRAPS at (509) 477-2532.

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