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easier to carry and can be thrown away after use. When packing your supplies for kitty, don’t forget extra litter and a scoop.
For dogs, bring an extra-long leash. This will allow them to get some exercise without being out of your control. If you have a bird, include a blanket in your supplies so that you can drape it over the cage. Small pets such as hamsters are easy to evacuate, but don’t forget fresh bedding and other supplies. If you have fish, set aside a small lidded and vented fish-safe container that can be used to transport them quickly, and put together an emergency supply of water conditioner and food.
If you live in an area that is frequently evacuated, such as in areas that are prone to hurricanes or wildfires, consider keeping some supplies in your car. This will allow you to evacuate as quickly as possible.
What arrangements should I make ahead of time?
Many emergency shelters don’t accept pets. Plan ahead of time and locate facilities that will allow you to board your pet. Contact friends, family members and kennels located 60 miles to 90 miles away from your home. Bring a copy of your pet’s medical history and vaccine records, as many kennels require proof of health.
Some motels also allow guests to bring pets, but you should check ahead first. You can find lists of motels that allow pets online, but call them directly to make sure the information is accurate. Prepare a list of possible places to stay with your pet long before you evacuate so that you won’t be scrambling during an emergency.
For more tips on preparing your pet for an emergency, ask your veterinarian for advice.
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