Monday, October 28, 2013

We All Need Food, Shelter and Love #HillsPet

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Science Diet for Cats, but The Maaaaa of Pricilla only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.



Harry the Farm cat here - I am taking over today to meow to you about something very special and very important. As you well know disasters happen all over - just a year ago this weekend SuperStorm Sandy came ashore in New Jersey where the publicist used to live. Her brave brother,  a volunteer Fireman stayed on a skinny Island to help save people. There are lots of people helping people but what about all of the animals? Who helps the animals in the event of a natural disaster? I will meow to you who! But first I want to teach you some important tips to help keep your kitties, doggies and other pets safe.

There have been so many disasters recently; the tsunami in Japan, the wildfires in Colorado, the tornadoes throughout the Midwest. Can you imagine how scary it must be for all of the animals that have to be evacuated? Do you know how to prepare to for an emergency for your pet? Do you know what to have ready? Here is a suggested list from the very nice people at Hill's Science Diet:

Ensure your pet can be identified by either a microchip or collar ID tag, with updated contact information. 

Prepare an emergency box of pet supplies that is readily accessible in the event of an 
evacuation. Emergency kits should include: first aid supplies and guide book; a 3-day supply of pet food in a waterproof container and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; comfort toys; and a blanket. 

If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate if possible for transport and safe-keeping

Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include veterinarian’s contact information. 

Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area – keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be able to shelter pets. Scout hotels/motels with pet friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and/or your pet. 

Carry a good picture of your pet with you in the event of separation during evacuation. Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house because pets may hide if they are scared. Finding them quickly will help you evacuate faster.


Did you know that Hill's Science Diet runs a truly remarkable program called Food, Shelter & Love™?
It has donated over $240 MILLION dollars of food to over 1,000 shelters nationwide. It has helped place 7 MILLION pets in new homes (and counting!) and it feeds over 100,000 homeless pets a DAY! That is pretty impressive if you ask this little Farm cat. I know I would not be happy if I had to be evacuated; where would I go mousie hunting? Where would I sleep?


I would certainly miss cuddling up with my brother Sherpa! But I know that the publicist would be sure to have what we needed if we had to go anywhere. She takes good care of us.

The Food, Shelter & Love™ program was launched on April 1st and every shelter in the program receives Science Diet food at a significant discount. And every new pet parent who goes home with a new family member receives a coupon and some delicious Science Diet kibbles for their dog or kitty. There is a New Pet Parent website to help with savings and advice for both dogs and cats. You can also find Hill's Science Diet on Facebook and YouTube. You can watch Food, Shelter Love videos on YouTube

I thank you for letting me take over today. I have a good life as a Farm cat. I'm lucky that the publicist's neighbor found me in the street and brought me to her. Otherwise I might have ended up in a shelter.  I think I like it much better on the Farm.

Did you know that October is Adopt a Pet Month? It is! There is going to be a fun #BlogPawsChat tomorrow night and #HillsPet is the sponsor! So if you are on Twitter be sure to stop in and visit. The publicist will be there tweeting away @BrokenTeepee. It's from 8PM to 10PM EDT!

Pricilla wanted me to meow that this is the 1700th post for her blog! Isn't that something?

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Science Diet for Cats, but The Maaaaa of Pricilla only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

50 comments:

  1. It's a good idea to have an evacuation plan in place that includes us pets. Mommy is glad all of us are able to co-exist peacefully which makes it easier to put us together in the event of an emergency (yes, even our guinea pig brofur - we don't hurt him).
    Thanks for the reminder, Harry!

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    1. It is. Here we are all afraid of wildfire so the publicist has a plan in place but she has to rely on the neighbors because the male person will be off fighting the fire. That is so nice you don't hurt your guinea pig brofur!
      ~Harry

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  2. That is some really good advice about evacuation. We had to run from 3 hurricanes when we lived on the coast. I didn't know that Hills donated so much money to the shelters. That is terrific. Great post. Sherpa, you and Harry look so great all snuggled up together. Have a great day.

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    1. The publicist remember evacuating from a hurricane when she lived in NJ. A very nice (and strong) fireman carried her through the high water while she carried the cat carrier with Bart the cat in it. She went to the firehouse. It is indeed very generous of Hill's
      ~Harry

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  3. thanks for the evacuation tips and list. i would certainly have a tough time with 4 big dogs in one truck with me, but i'd do it somehow. the horses now have i.d. tags for their halters in case i'd have to open the pasture and let them run in a wildfire situation. i would be one of those folks who would refuse to evacuate if i couldn't take my pets.

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    1. Wildfire is very scary! That is what we worry about. The publicist says she hopes she never has to deal with one close by but if she did she has a plan. If it came up fast she would have to run the goats to the river so she knows how you feel. But she also knows that she would do everything she could for her animals but if it came to her LIFE she would go.
      ~Harry

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  4. Thank you for sharing the terrific post about a subject we all need to learn about. You always think it could never happen to you but it did happen. Your babies are adorable.

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    1. One never does know! It never hurts to be prepared. Thank you for stopping by.
      ~Harry

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  5. I like your two tips on registering your pet and keeping a picture of them. Very good idea to have an emergency bucket for them. The pet carrier makes sense as you do not know where you will end up with them. Love that Hill has donated 240 Million (that's HUGE) towards shelters!

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    1. It is HUGE! There are so many poor kitties and doggies in shelters that need healthy, good for them food and Hill's is providing that.
      ~Harry

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  6. concats on 1700 posts!!!

    we love seeing companies giving back to the rescue community. and mom keeps saying she needs to put together a rescue box to have for us. but then worries about how she would get us all in carriers and in the car and where to go....and the whole thing makes her even more nutty. but we know it is important to have a plan.

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    1. Thank you! Trust me - I know it can be challenging but I have nudged the publicist to be ready. When we had the big fire here this summer it was not fun watching her run in circles like a stupid chicken.
      ~Harry

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  7. Great tips! And thanks for spreading the word about the Food Shelter and Love program - I had no idea something like that existed. - Katy

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    1. Katy - thank you! It is a wonderful program!
      ~Harry

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  8. terrific post with great tips! thanks for sharing and helping to spread the word about the food shelter and love program

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    1. I do my best to meow out what I think is important. Thank you for stopping by!
      ~Harry

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  9. Wow, I had no idea the Love program...or the food shelter existed! Those are great tips for evacuation, especially having a carrier and good photo handy. Florida gets a lot of hurricane warnings but luckily I've not had to deal with one in the 7 years I've lived here. But it's best to be prepared...not just for people but for animals also, they are part of the family too!

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    1. They sure are! We are IMPORTANT members of the family. Thank you for visiting.
      ~Harry

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  10. Harry, Mommy had no idea about this program, thanks for posting it!

    pee ess: Maui says lizard brains are da BOMB.

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    1. Wow Maui - I have not had lizard. But Sherpa has! I am glad I could meow to you about this great program . It's pretty special, isn't it!
      ~Harry

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  11. Microchips are important for sure! That's a lot of posts!

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    1. They are indeed! Pricilla has had a lot to maaaa over the years! Thank you for stopping by.

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  12. My pets are my kids, so we always include them in our evacuation plan! Thanks for the great tips, can't wait for the Twitter contest!

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  13. The publicist knows what you mean. She loves all of us Farm cats and those silly goats.
    ~Harry

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  14. Love Science Diet - it has worked up very well for my dog's sensitive stomach

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    1. I am very glad to hear that. I am glad your doggie feels better and that Hill's could help.
      ~Harry

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  15. Concats on your 1700th post! We didn't know that Science Diet was doing this but we're glad that people are realizing that they need to prepare their animals for evacuations too. We only have to worry about an earthquake here but everyone is a part of the rescue plan!

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    1. Every place has something. We can have earthquakes too but they are usually small. Glad you are prepared!
      ~Harry

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  16. Con-CAT-ulations on your milestone post! We do not have pets at this time but appreciate the PSA regarding an evacuation plan. Fire or flooding from rain would be the natural disasters most likely in my area. Thank you for getting the word out!

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    1. Thank you! Pricilla has worked hard on her blog. We all have to be prepared for some kind of disaster, that's for sure.
      ~Harry

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  17. Whoa! I didn't know about the program. During Sandy, the peeps worried that they may have to evacuate and even called to see if the storm shelter nearest us took pets. It did. We were just perked some of the that new grain-free kibble from Hills. Concats on the milestone post, Pricilla.

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  18. Pricilla maaaas her thanks. I think after Katrina a lot of shelters changed their pet rules which is very good. All of us Farm cats liked the grain free foods from Hill's.
    ~Harry

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  19. This program is great! Registering your pets is so important! I also love the evacuation plan!

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    1. It is great and it's so wonderful of Hill's to do so much.
      ~Harry

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  20. After the 1989 quake, the Human prepared a great emergency kit with all kinds of Human and Kitty stuff. But of course over the years she gotted lazy and now we don’t have it anymore. *I* think she better put it together again with at least the important stuff–the KITTY stuff–inside! Great tips!

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    1. *I* think you are very right Spitty!
      ~Harry

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  21. Excellent post, Harry. It's so important to take care of our pets. I didn't think about disasters since they are infrequent here, but in 2011 we had three major storms. Who knows what could have happened, so I should be getting my cats microchipped.

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    1. You never know what might happen - that is so true. Thank you for stopping by! I think you need a fourth kitty just like we have here ;)
      ~Harry

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  22. What a precious goat! I'd adopt her in a heartbeat!!!
    We do keep a decal on the house for the two standard poodles in case of a fire or emergency. With my husband and I also being retired from our local fire department, we also have a plan for getting them out of the house quickly and what to do with them if they can't go home - they have god parents :-) to take care of them.

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    1. If you REALLY want a goat the rowdy boys need a home. heh heh.
      It is very good to have a plan. The male person, who is a fireman too has one all worked out. Good for you having one as well. Thank you for stopping by.
      ~Harry

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  23. What a great program. And these are some very helpful tips. Thank you for sharing, farm cat Harry.

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    1. I am a very helpful Farm cat. Handsome too! It is a wonderful program!
      ~Harry

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  24. Very good info! Our pets are part of our families and we need to provide the best we can for them!

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    1. We sure are! I am a very important pet!
      ~Harry

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  25. Harry is a most intelligent and handsome fella with excellent advice!

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  26. We have a family evacuation plan that includes our pets. We have both cats and dogs. Any good plan also includes food, water and any meds your pet might be taking.

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  27. That is fantastic! Thank you for visiting
    ~Harry

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    1. Thank Sharkbytes. I tried very hard.
      ~Harry

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