Now that hurricane season has officially started, it's important to have an evacuation plan for you and your family should a life-threatening hurricane head our way this year. If you've got pets, make sure to include your furry friends in your evacuation plan!
Over 100,000 pets were left behind during Hurricane Katrina and an estimated 44% of residents who chose not to evacuate did so because of their pets, according to the Louisiana SPCA. Don't let your pets be in that number this hurricane season!
Ways to Prepare for Hurricane Season
Ensure that your pet's vaccines, ID tags, and medical records are up-to-date. Boarding facilities and veterinarian offices won't accept pets without their vaccination records. Make sure to update your pet's ID tag if you've changed your address or phone number recently.
If your pet is microchipped, this makes it easier to locate than a pet without one, should you get separated during a storm or evacuation. You can schedule an appointment at Louisiana SPCA's Community Clinic to get a microchip before any storms head our way.
Put together a list of pet-friendly hotels, motels, Airbnbs, or homes of friends and family outside the path of the hurricane. This will ensure that you and your pet have a safe place to stay without worrying that your pet won't be allowed.
When preparing to evacuate with a pet, there are a few things that are crucial to bring along.
Make sure to bring food and water for your pet in airtight, waterproof containers to prevent spoiling or spillage.
Bring your pet's medications, medical records, and other forms of documentation in case you need to bring it to a boarding facility. Keep paperwork in a waterproof bag or container.
Have your pet wear its collar with ID and rabies tag at all times. Make sure to take your pet's harness or leash as well.
Bring your pet's crate or carrier. Every pet carrier should give your pet enough room "to stand up, completely turn around, and lie down," according to the Louisiana SPCA. Put your name, address, and contact information on the carrier.
Keep your pet's sanitation items, like trash bags, litter, and cleaner, in your evacuation bag.