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Red Cross Reminds You to Keep Pets Safe

By Kevin Robinson in News on Aug 13, 2008 6:58PM

The Red Cross announced its Dog Days of Summer campaign yesterday, promoting pet safety in the event of disasters or extreme weather. Along with the Humane Society of the United States, the Red Cross is urging people with pets to be prepared for emergencies and disasters.


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They recommend that in the event that you have to evacuate, you take your pet with you. This includes having a place to take your pet and being aware that many disaster shelters (including Red Cross shelters) cannot accept pets. They also recommend that you prepare a portiable pet disaster kit, including:

  • Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that your animals can't escape
  • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost
  • Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets
  • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.

More information is available at the Red Cross's Animal Safety page.