There’s a knock at your door The fire department or some other emergency professional is telling you it’s time to evacuate. In all the confusion and excitement, don’t forget to provide a safe exit for your pet, too…whether it’s something as small as a goldfish, as popular as a dog or cat, or as big as a horse! Your plans should already have been made… now all that’s left is to get from Point A to Point B. Remember these recommendations:
- If you can't actually take your animals with you to a friend’s house or a hotel, transport them to your veterinarian’s boarding facilities or to an accredited pet shelter
- Before leaving the house, put your pet in a carrying case of some kind, if applicable, because animals will often run off when scared; large animals may have to be transported by trailer
- Remember to put your pet's emergency kit, including important medical papers, in the car
- Talk soothingly to your pets throughout the ordeal, to calm their nerves.
- Remember that government-run human shelters will not allow pets