Pets In Emergencies
Many families consider their pets a beloved member of their family. Since public emergency reception centres may not allow pets, you should plan in advance where your pets can stay in an emergency:
Before an emergency:
- Ask your veterinarian or the Regina Humane Society for advice on pet boarding arrangements in case of a disaster or evacuation.
- Establish an ‘out-of-area’ contact who could look after your pet in an emergency.
- Know which motels and hotels inside/outside Regina will allow pets.
- Ensure immunization and pet records are up-to-date (pet shelters will not accept pets whose shots are not current)
- Add pet supplies to your survival kit and emergency food and supplies kit:
- 3 day supply of pet food and water
- Animal treats and toys
- Plastic bags/litter to pick up wastes
- Pet medications
- Immunization records
- Travel cage/kennel
- Leash or harness with I.D. tag attached
- Veterinarian’s name and phone number
During an emergency:
- Take your pet with you to a pet-friendly motel or to your out-of-area contact.
- If you must leave your pet at home:
- Leave PLENTY of food and water for your pet.
- Post your evacuation destination in a prominent place inside the house.
- Post a large, visible note on your front door telling emergency workers that there is a pet inside waiting to be rescued.
After an emergency:
- Watch for strange or aggressive behaviour in your pet as a result of stress from the emergency.
- If required, take your pet to the veterinarian for medical assistance to any injuries.