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Do You Know How to Prepare for an Approaching Storm?

April 24, 2018

The recent hurricane season ravaged numerous areas of the country. For those spared from the damage and destruction, television and social media kept everyone well informed of each storm's movement as well as the wake of destruction left in its path. Unfortunately, pets are not the primary target of most rescue efforts during the ensuing chaos following a storm's passing. That's where the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals "Disaster Response" team comes to the aid of millions of displaced cats and dogs. In fact, the ASPCA has become a proactive organization that activates teams in anticipation of potential evacuations, rescue and sheltering needs.

ASPCA Tips for a Pet Owner's Disaster Preparedness

For pet owners that are in the path of an approaching storm, the ASPCA provides the following tips to keep your pet safe during a disaster:

  • If you evacuate, take your pets with you! Never leave them tethered to trees or poles, which prevents them from escaping high waters and getting to safe areas.
  • Make sure all pets are wearing ID tags with up-to-date contact information. The ASPCA also recommends micro chipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification.
  • Create a pet emergency kit including medical records, water, bowls, pet food and pet medication.
  • Choose a designated caregiver, like a friend or relative outside the evacuation zone, who can care for your pet in the event you are unable.
  • Download the free ASPCA mobile app, which allows pet owners to store crucial pet records needed for boarding pets at evacuation shelters. It also includes a disaster preparedness checklist.

According to officials at the ASPCA, the first and best line of defense for a pet's safety during a storm will always be a well-prepared pet owner.

You Can Help Mobilize the Movement for Animals

It is through charitable contributions and memberships that the ASPCA can continue to fight against animal cruelty and provide the emergency response teams that rescue displaced animals and relocate them in the wake of a disaster. When you choose to donate to the ASPCA and help with animals, your tax-deductible donation can make a life-changing difference for pets across the country. Click here to learn more about the five ways you can help including monthly donation, memorial and honor gifts, vehicle donations, planned giving and Founder's Society membership. As the oldest non-profit organization in the United States that is dedicated to the well-being of animals, the ASPCA depends entirely on donations from kindhearted people like you.

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