Pets & Your Family Emergency Plan
Plan to be prepared!
In the event of a major emergency, evacuation or natural disaster the safety and welfare of your pet depends on you. Advance planning and preparation is the best way to protect your pet in the event of an emergency situation.
Depending on the nature of the emergency, reception centres and family shelters may be established in Dufferin to provide assistance to the affected public. Pets (except for service animals) will not be permitted at reception centres or family shelters in Dufferin County due to health regulations.
Develop a plan of action for the care of your pets and be sure to include:
· A list of places to take your pet for boarding or care (beyond average evacuation limits- available 24/7).
· A neighbour or alternate person to evacuate your pet if you are away from the home during the emergency.
· A portable pet emergency kit.
Keep pets safe by keeping dogs on leashes and cats in carriers to prevent them from bolting in panic while transporting them during an emergency.
Reduce your pet’s stress levels by covering carriers or offering them a favorite toy or blanket to cuddle.
Keep collars and identification tags on pets at all times in case they become lost during transport or while being evacuated or cared for by someone else.
Responsibility for the safety and survival of pets rests with the pet owners throughout the entire duration of an emergency in Dufferin County.
If you must evacuate your home and leave your pet behind, ensure they have ready access to several days of food and water. If it is safe to do so, consider giving access to water in a tub or toilet. Place a sign on an outside window or door indicating that a pet is inside. Place a date on the sign to indicate when the pet was last looked after, and provide both your contact information and that of your veterinarian.
In the case of livestock, keep a seven day supply of food and water on hand at all times.
Portable Pet Emergency Kit:
A portable pet emergency kit should be assembled and left with the family’s emergency survival kit in a readily accessible area of the home. Store any documentation regarding vaccination history and your pet's veterinary provider in water proof containers. Rotate pet food every two or three months. Your pet’s kit should include;
* Several days of food and water for each pet
* Manual can opener
* Pet toy, blanket
* Muzzle (if required)
* ID tags with 24 hour owner contact information
* Medications and medical records
* Recent photos of pet (with family if possible)
* Contact information for pet friendly hotels, relatives, kennels, and personal veterinarian
* Licence and microchip documentation
* Carrier for small pets
* Hand sanitizer, stoop and scoop bags
* Litter box, litter, scoop (if required)
It is always best to be preapred, especially because we know you love your animal companions! We hope that you never need to use an emergency plan. If the unfortunate need ever does arise - now you will be ready!