We forget to consider the smaller emergencies that can happen in day-to-day life that might keep us from our pet or force us from our homes temporarily.
Consider the following scenarios:
- You work in Los Angeles and you get a call that your house in on fire.
- You are in Chicago and you get a call that your wife has gone into labor 3 weeks early.
- You are in a car accident and consequently stuck in the hospital for a week.
- A pipe broke and your house is flooded forcing you to evacuate until the damage is repaired.
Each one of those scenarios can happen and the last thing you want to stress over is “Who is going to get my dog” or “who is going to watch my pets?”
Sadly, most people don’t even have an emergency preparedness plan for themselves, let alone for their animals. But if you it will save you stress and time in an emergency situation, when every second counts.
These stickers are meant to go in the front window of your home, in case of an emergency, someone else can be sure all of your pets get out safely.
The sticker should say:
- The you have
- you have of each pet
- Your emergency .
If you are able to evacuate your pets yourself, and you have time, try to remember to write “Evacuated” across your sticker so no one risks their life trying to save pets that are not in danger.
You can buy this sticker at most pet supply stores, ask your veterinarian if they have any, or order one for free from theASPCA website.
- In the situation when you will not be able to keep your pet with you (for example, if you are evacuated to a Red Cross Shelter) you should have a back-up plan already in place for their safe keeping. This safe place can be local (if you are having a personal emergency) or in another county out of harm’s way. It is probably best to have a Plan A for local and a Plan B for non-local safe places in case you are forced out of your city.
To find a safe place:
- Put Dachs 2 Danes on your boarding facility list along with a couple of back-up options, like your vet.
- Look up a local boarding facility for your additional pets. While all boarding facilities take dogs, only a few take cats, and very few will take other household pets or horses (but that could always change in a state emergency).
- If you should be forced from your home and need a temporary place to stay with your dog, a local motel or hotel may be an option. For your emergency plan, it might be best to pick a franchise that you know will allow dogs, no matter what city it is in, like Motel 6. That way you can go as far as you need to and still know where to find a place to stay.
To Be Continued...