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.