Be prepared to care for pets, horses, livestock

Below are recommendation for caring for your pet in an emergency. Emergency officials will announce through the media which shelters are designated as pet-friendly.

n Two-week food supply

n Two-week supply of water in plastic gallon jugs

n Cage/carrier for each animal, labeled with contact information

n Manual can opener

n Copies of veterinary records including pets’ current rabies vaccination certifications and proof of ownership

n Toys, treats

n First aid kit

n Medications including instructions and veterinarian contact numbers

n Leash, ID collar, harness for each animal

n Litter, litter pan, scoop

n Muzzles for dog or cat

n Pet bedding

n Photograph of pet

n Food and water dishes

n Paper towels

n Trash bags

Animal first aid kit

n Activated charcoal (liquid)

n Anti-diarrhea medicine

n Antibiotic ointment for wounds

n Antibiotic eye ointment

n Bandage scissors, tape

n Cotton bandage rolls

n Cotton-tipped swabs

n Elastic bandage rolls

n Eye rinse (sterile)

nFlea and tick treatment

n Gauze pads and rolls

n Hydrogen peroxide

n Ice cream sticks, which may be used as splints

n Alcohol prep pads

n Latex gloves

n Liquid dish detergent for wound cleansing

n Medications and preventatives

n Saline for wounds

n Styptic powder clotting agent

n Syringe or eyedropper

n Thermometer (digital)

n Tourniquet

n Towel and washcloth

n Tweezers


n Additional pet shelters may open if needed. Monitor media coverage.

n Space is limited and no more than two family members will be admitted in pet shelter area.

n Dogs, cats and birds are allowed.

n Check for motels and hotels that allow pets.

While evacuating

n Bring animals inside.

n Make sure all animals have collars and some form of ID securely fastened.

n Place all small pets inside individual carriers. When stressed, animals can become aggressive.

n Secure leashes on dogs.

n Load larger animal cages/carriers into your vehicle to serve as temporary housing for animals if needed.

n Load the animal evacuation kit and supplies into your vehicle.

n Call prearranged animal evacuation site to confirm space.

n Implement your equine/livestock evacuation plan.

n If you must leave equine/livestock behind, relocate them to a predetermined safe place. Ensure that they have access to a safe food source, clean water, a safe area or high ground above flood levels. Do not rely on automatic watering.

n Secure or remove outdoor objects that may turn into flying debris.

— Sources: American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Terry Clikes, Braden River Animal Hospital, Humane Society of Manatee County