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With Hurricane Dorian, and any other natural disaster, plan properly for your pets

Friday, August 30th, 2019

What to do when Evacuating With Pets

Boston T

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1. Know your natural disaster – If it’s a hurricane, study it’s path. If it’s an earthquake understand where it is worst and what roads are blocked and where power is out. If it’s fire or flooding, know where the fire or flood is. Regardless, decide the quickest and safest route out of the danger area. Decide your destination.

2. Study the evacuation routes if available.

3. Prepare and bring the following for your pet
* Pet’s food – enough for the time you expect to be away and extra if possible. It may be hard to get the same food and pets don’t always do well if you switch food suddenly.
* Water dish(s)
* Water in bottles or jugs. Enough for people and pets.
* Leashes
* Medications your pets may need.
* Vaccination record for your pets. May be needed by some accommodations and all daycares, kennels, airlines and trains.
* Cat litterbox
* Crate or carrier – these are needed if you take a pet on an airplane, on a train, or if you leave them in a room in many accommodations.
* Muzzle – if you have a larger dog – some crowded venues or ferries may require a muzzle. It is best if you carry one; hopefully you won’t need it often.

4. Make sure your car’s gas tank is full ahead of time. You may not be able to get gas.

5. If it is cold weather, bring plenty of blankets for the people and the pets. If it is very hot, bring lots of water and something to block the sun.

6. Find a pet-friendly hotel or shelter. Shelters may be difficult and crowded. If you can find a safe pet-friendly hotel that’s safely away from the trouble it would be better. To find a pet-friendly hotel go to and type in your city and state or  select your state.

7. also has highway guides for all major highways, such as I-5, I-10, I-40, I-75, I-80, I- 95 and most other highways. They are located here. They are super handy if you are using an interstate to escape a natural disaster.

8. If you have a small dog or cat that fits in a carrier you have the option of taking them on Amtrak. See here for more information. Larger dogs may not go on Amtrak.

9. If you have small dog or cat that fits in a carrier you have the option of flying with them as well. If you have a larger dog you may also fly with them but they will have to go in cargo. In a serious emergency, this is an option. Short nosed breeds generally cannot travel by air in cargo. Keep in mind that you may need a health certificate for your pet to fly and this requires a vet visit, so plan ahead. See for more information about flying with your pet.

10. Most ferries allow pets in one way or another. Either in your car, on leash or in crates.

11. Get all of your supplies early. They will quickly sell out. This is for your family and pets.

12. Carry cash and credit cards. You may not be able to get access to money for a while.

13. Make sure that your pet has identification if it gets lost. For starters, a collar with a tag with your pet’s name and phone number. If your pet has a microchip any shelter or vet can identify the pet and contact you. That is helpful. It is even possible to id your pet in other creative ways. Some people even write their phone number on the pet’s belly with an erasable marker for a short term emergency or tie it on a string tied loosely around the neck in case the collar gets lost or if the pet has no collar.

14. While traveling with your pet – has guides to most cities and towns with places that you can take your pet for recreation (parks, beaches, off-leash parks), emergency vets, dog-friendly restaurant patios and stores and more. Select your city or town on

In a true life threatening situation, rules not allowing pets will often be revised and your pet may be allowed in a usually non pet-friendly environment. You will have to ask, but don’t be afraid to.

Book a Pet-Friendly Hotel

Highway Guides to Pet-Friendly Hotels along Interstates

Things to do with your pet in any state, city or town

Taking Your pet on an airline

Taking Your small pet on Amtrak

New York during Hurricane Irene: Some smart evacuation decisions may save lives

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

In New Orleans during Katrina, a large group of people who refused to evacuate did so because they refused to leave their pets behind. Many of these people later died, along with many of the pets. New Orleans did not allow pets in the shelters, on the evacuation buses or anywhere else. Fortunately, it seems that New York has learned this lesson from Katrina well. According to news reports, leashed dogs and cats in carriers were allowed on the Subways and MTA commuter trains to allow them to be evacuated too for the 24 hours before the system was shut down on Saturday. In addition, there are reports that seniors and others may bring their dogs to at least some of the shelters. While we have not confirmed that these points are true, if they are this represents a major improvement over Katrina. Now you need not choose between evacuating and leaving your pets. An excellent call if confirmed.

Hurricane Irene: Tips to Keep Pets Safe During Hurricane Season

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

With Hurricane Irene approaching, we need to plan to take our pets if we evacuate or to look after them if we are expecting a storm.
Hurricane Irene Pet-Friendly Evacuation Guide

Hurricanes are a yearly occurrence, and it’s vitally important to have a plan in place to keep our four-legged family members safe. If a situation is unsafe dangerous for humans, it is dangerous for animals, and Petmate has prepared some tips on how to prepare for a hurricane and what to do if one hits.

Preparing for Hurricane Season
First and foremost, be prepared to take your pets with you. Just like children, they depend on us for their survival. It could be weeks after a hurricane strikes before you are able to return home.
• Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations. Animal shelters and kennels typically require proof of vaccines.
• Put a sticker on the door or a main window of your home that lists the number and kinds of animals you have in case you are not home when an evacuation is necessary. These stickers are available at most pet stores. You can have an additional sheet of information (folded into a Ziploc and taped to the door) telling the rescuers how to handle them, where the kennels and survival kits are located, special needs, and your contact information. However, if you do leave with your pets please put a large note on the door stating that you have evacuated and have all of your animals.
• Have a current photograph of your pet, and keep it with you for identification purposes.
• Microchip identification is always helpful for everyone involved. Please keep your animal’s microchip information in their evacuation file. Yes, even birds can be microchipped.
• Official shelters do not allow pets. In the event of evacuation and you cannot find a pet-friendly hotel (they fill up very quickly, another good reason to evacuate early), make other arrangements for pets if you cannot all stay together, such as with family, friends, veterinarians, or kennels in safe locations.
• If you plan to board your pet, work this into your evacuation route planning.
• Create and keep an updated list of emergency telephone numbers. Include your veterinarian, local animal control, local animal shelters, the Red Cross, and any other individual or group you might need to contact during the disaster.
• Prepare a survival kit for each pet.

Hurricane Survival Kit for Your Pet
As part of your preparation, put together a survival kit for your pet that you can grab in case of immediate evacuation. While all kits will be as unique as your animal, here are some basic items you will need:
• A properly sized pet carrier for each animal ­ a kennel or carrier just large enough for your pet to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably. If they don’t normally use a kennel or carrier, help your pet adjust to it before there is an emergency evacuation by placing them in the carrier along with a treat or toy. Start with short periods of time; then slowly increase the time.
• A collar, leash and harness to control your pet during all of the excitement. A seatbelt is also recommended.
• Three-week supply of food (moist or canned to help preserve water) with manual can opener. Be sure the food is one they are used to, in order to avoid a potential upset tummy.
• Water
• Water and food dishes
• Cat litter and litter box
• Toys and treats
• Blankets
• Emergency phone numbers for veterinarian, animal shelters and friends/relatives
• Veterinary records with rabies certificate and current license tag number
• Medications with instructions
• Cleaning supplies (newspaper, plastic bags with ties, paper towels, disinfectant)
• Current Identification Tags

Store the items in waterproof containers that are easy to transport and won’t easily tear or break. Do NOT use plastic or paper bags or pillow cases; they will get wet and therefore damage the items.

“Practice the evacuation routine and drive around the block a few times, so the actual event doesn’t seem harried. Familiar routines help the animals stay calm and give the people a sense of control. When emotions are running high, you need to remain calm both for yourself and for those around you. Energy feeds into your animals and if you are panicking, they are more likely to panic. Set everyone up for success and run drills just like they do in schools,” says Tenderfoot Training, who recently evacuated 24 animals during the worst wildfire in Colorado history.

If a Hurricane Hits Your Home
If a hurricane hits your home, and you’re allowed to remain in the home through the storm, immediately bring all of your pets indoors. Keep your pets close to you and within sight since the noise of the storm can be very frightening and unsettling to them. Going into a basement or bathroom (with no windows) can help protect everyone from the storm and keep things calmer.

If they appear anxious, do not give them sedatives or tranquilizers; they need their survival instincts. Calmly stroking your pet can help to keep them calm, and actually has benefits for you as well. Use a calm and confident tone when speaking to your pet, because a calm, confident leader will have a calm, confident animal.

Keep an ample supply of newspapers inside for their sanitary needs. If possible, feed your pets moist or canned food to help keep them hydrated and save precious water. If you need to evacuate, get out as soon as you can and make sure you have your pet’s survival kit with you.

After the Storm
After the storm passes, use extreme caution allowing your pets outdoors. Make sure dogs are leashed and keep cats in a carrier. Walk your dog on a leash until they become re-oriented to their home since familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and they can be easily confused and become lost. After a disaster, keep a close eye on their behavior. Like you, they have been rattled and it’s possible they may become aggressive or defensive. Give them lots of love. Your pets should not consume food or water that may have become contaminated. A good rule of thumb: if you won’t drink it, your pet shouldn’t either.

City officials, police officers and citizens will bring many lost cats and dogs to shelters after the hurricane. If your pet has identification such as a license tag or microchip, the Humane Society or Animal Care will call you if the phones are operating. If your pet has no identification or you cannot be reached, you will need to visit the shelters.

There are many websites that offer pet evacuation plans and other helpful tips that are specific to your region. Review those each year as you prepare for Hurricane season, as they will be updated with important information you need to keep all of your family members safe ­ including your pet.

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