NEVER leave your pet chained outside and if you evacuate your home DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS! You may not be able to return to your home or animal enclosure for an extended period of time. In addition, structural damage to your home or animal enclosure may allow your pet to escape, or to permit other animals or natural elements to enter and hurt your pet.
Be prepared to quickly evacuate with your pet(s) if you become aware of any risk in your neighborhood. If an evacuation seems possible, do it earlier rather than later. Do not wait until the last minute. Disaster-related weather, visibility and road conditions could present additional challenges, but especially for those transporting livestock.
Many pets and livestock have been lost in previous emergencies. One of the best protection methods is to microchip your animal.
The permanent microchip holds your contact information and can be scanned at many shelters and veterinarian offices. Notify the microchip company if you change your address or phone number.
Start a buddy system with your neighbors and agree to check on each other’s animals if someone is not home during an emergency. Consider placing an authorization in your veterinarian’s file for your neighbor to request emergency veterinary treatment for your animal(s) in your absence.
If you have a dog, put its picture in the free app Finding Rover for a better chance of being reunited if it does get lost.