|Don’t forget to care for pets|
If you are like most animal owners, your pet is an important member of your household. During times of disaster, some people will risk their lives and the lives of others to save pets.
So it is critical that people include their animals in their disaster plans, whether they decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location. Keep in mind that what’s best for you is typically what’s best for your animals.
If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. Note that no TCI government shelters will accept pets. So plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets.
If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in danger.
Confine your pet to a safe area inside. NEVER leave your pet chained outside. Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water.
Remove the toilet tank lid, raise the seat and brace the bathroom door open so they can drink. Place a notice outside in a visible area advising which pets are in the house and where they are located. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your veterinarian.
Here are some things to keep in mind: