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Care For Your Pets

The following information has been prepared by the Humane Society of the United States in cooperation with the American Red Cross

Our pets enrich our lives in more ways than we can count. In turn, they depend on us for their safety and well-being. Here's how you can be prepared to protect your pets when disaster strikes.  

Be Prepared with a Disaster Plan

The best way to protect your family from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives.

Different disasters require different responses. But whether the disaster is a hurricane or a hazardous spill, you may have to evacuate your home.

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, is likely to result in their being injured, lost, or worse. So prepare now for the day when you and your pets may have to leave your home. Evacuate them to a prearranged safe location if they cannot stay with you during the evacuation period. (remember, pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters.)

If there is a possibility that disaster may strike while you are out of the house, there are precautions you can take to increase your pets' chances of survival, but they are not a substitute for evacuating with your pets. For more information, contact The Humane Society of the United States.

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Caring for Birds in an Emergency



  • Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier.

  • In cold weather, wrap a blanket over the carrier and warm up the car before placing birds inside.

  • During warm weather, carry a plant mister to mist the birds' feathers periodically.

  • Do not put water inside the carrier during transport.

  • Provide a few slices of fresh fruits and vegetables with high water content.

  • Have a photo for identification and leg bands.

  • If the carrier does not have a perch, line it with paper towels and change them frequently.

  • Try to keep the carrier in a quiet area.

  • Do not let the birds out of the cage or carrier.

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