The family pet is an important and loving part of your household. Like family members, pets are also affected by emergencies. When building your family emergency plan, do not forget to include pet needs and remember to create a pet emergency survival kit, just as you would other members of your family. A little advance planning means your pet will also be cared for during an emergency.

 Key things to consider for your Pet:

  • Find out about your municipality's evacuation centre locations and related pet policies.
  • Make photocopies of important veterinary documents such as vaccination records, to store in your pet survival kit.
  • Contact the hotels and motels outside your immediate area to check on their policy on accepting pets during an emergency. Be sure to ask if they have restrictions on the number, size and type of pet.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would shelter your pet(s) in an emergency.
  • Include your pet in any local or family emergency drills and exercises.
  • Consider setting up a buddy system with your neighbour so they will take care of your pet if you are not home in the event of an emergency.
  • Review the information in the pamphlet attached below for more information on how you can prepare your pets for emergencies:

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Pets are part of our families. During an emergency situation, it is important to know how to keep our animal companions safe. Emergencies can happen at any time, so prepare today. Assemble a pet emergency kit and make arrangements for your pet in the event that you must evacuate.

Pet Emergency Kits

  • Prepare an emergency kit for your pet. Be sure you have:
  • Food, potable water, bowls, paper towel and a can opener
  • Blanket and a small toy
  • Sturdy leash/harness
  • Cat litter/pan (if required) and plastic bags
  • Carrier for transporting your pet
  • Medications and medical records (including vaccinations)
  • Current photo of your pet in case your pet gets lost
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical or behavioral problems in case you must board your pet
  • Up-to-date ID tag with your phone number and the name/phone number of your veterinarian
  • Copy of license (if required)
  • Muzzle (if required)

Keep this kit in the same spot as your family emergency survival kit for easy retrieval. Pets need supplies, too.

Animals get anxious during emergencies. If possible, keep your pet in a carrying cage with a familiar blanket, so your pet(s) feels as secure as possible. Do not leave your pet alone, with strangers or without a leash at any time. During an emergency, your pet may panic, behave in a distressed manner or even run away and end up lost. Or, because of the distressed state, your pet may bite someone.  REMEMBER... during an emergency, you are still responsible for your pet.




Find out more information on preparing your pets for emergencies with the Pets and Emergencies Fact Sheet.

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