How to Ready Your Pet for a Natural Disaster or Other Emergency

It’s natural disaster season. This means all over the country, families are readying themselves for hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and other emergencies. But what about your fuzzy family members? Are they ready? Do they have their own “go bag?” Making sure our four-legged best friends are also prepared for worst-case scenarios is a crucial part of pet ownership. Here’s all you need to make sure your furry bestie is ready to evacuate in case of an emergency. And you can get it all at our Adopt & Shop stores!

Note: Also make sure that your pet is always up to date on their vaccinations. Animals are frequently exposed to other pets or dirty water during a natural disaster!

Carrier, collar/harness, leash and Identification Tags

Making sure you and your pup or kitty stay together is obviously your top priority. Even if your pets are not known to stray, it’s easy for even the most obedient pets to panic and run off during a natural disaster. And identification tags are the quickest and easiest way for someone to reach out to you if your pet gets lost. It also indicates that your pet does indeed have an owner and isn’t a homeless animal.

Registered Microchip

But what if your pal slips out of their collar? Microchips to the rescue! Microchips are permanent and are the only way to identify your animal as yours if someone finds them on the street. Make sure you register the microchip too. A microchip only works if it’s connected to a registered account that contains your up-to-date contact information. You can register your microchip for FREE at!

Pet Rescue Stickers

Place pet rescue stickers near the entrances to your home. These alert emergency responders to rescue any animals in your house or apartment.

Medications and Medical Records

You need an extra supply of your pet’s medications if you need to leave your home in a hurry. Also carry copies of their medical records and their microchip number as this information could come in handy!

Food and Water

You might not have immediate access to pet food and water, so keep water bottles and extra food in your disaster kit.

Poop Bags, Puppy Pads or Litter and a Litter Box

These things go without saying when you’re away from home during an emergency!

Blankets and Toys

These items help your pet remain calm during the chaos.

Keep this emergency kit close to an exit in your home. It’ll need to be easily and quickly reachable in case of a disaster.

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