With the numerous natural disasters in recent weeks (and hurricane season just beginning), we’ve been focusing on keeping your dog safe in a natural disaster. Today we have tips from Dr. Donna Spector with VCA Animal Hospitals about what to do once you’ve evacuated with your dog during a disaster.
Here are her tips on what to do when you and your dog have left home and now you’re wondering “where do I go?”
- Contact public emergency shelters in your evacuation area to inquire if they allow pets during natural disasters. Most often pets are not allowed in these shelters due to reasons of human health safety. However, some of them will allow cages or crates to be set up outside the shelter if you ask.
- Contact hotels and motels in your evacuation area so you know which ones accept pets. Make sure you ask if they have any limitations on the number, size, species or breeds they allow. Some dog breeds (e.g. Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Doberman, etc.) are not allowed. If there is a “no pet policy” ask if they make exceptions in the case of a natural disaster or if they would allow pets in crates.
- Contact animal shelters and kennels in your evacuation area. Some of these facilities allow pets to stay during emergencies.
You’ll also find tips on the FEMA website for preparing your pets for a natural disaster.