There are some things you need to consider if you have to evacuate with your pets. I'm on a community emergency response team - C.E.R.T. is the official name if anyone wants to look up the program. We've been instructed that our local shelter system is going to be making some kind of arrangements for people with pets to be evacuated to an appropriate facility. The people bringing pets need to know that their pets can be turned away if their owners do not think to bring documentation of the pets having all their vaccinations up-to-date. We keep ours in a folder that is easy to grab in an emergency. This rule is for the protection of all the animals in the shelter and is basic common sense but I know people just aren't aware of it. Another thing is to make sure you have a proper way of restraining your pet and bring food and water for it. In an emergency shelter you never know what will be in short supply. Crates, carriers and cages are priceless in a disaster situation. It is also wise to grab a few favored toys but try to conserve space. They can be a great comfort to a pet when everything else is chaos and not much is familiar. The best thing to do is prepare an emergency pack of everything you'll need including copies of your pet's health records so you don't have to search around at the last minute.
Sheltering with your pets is SOOOOOO much fun~ During the LONG, drawn out visit from Frances we had 9 "humans" and 6 dogs.
We were lucky though as the dogs were kenneled in a very large play yard and we had a total of my office and two classrooms to spread out over. They were also the hit of the shelter for the children of a couple of the deputies there,
The dogs (all of them) were in fact very well behaved and far cleaner than most of the 2,000+ other humans sheltering there.
I'm happy that law makers are finally addressing something so critical to so many people.
It has been awhile since I posted...We had a disaster in a community not far from me a couple of years ago. The community flooded with ice and water..everyone had to be evacuated immediately as it was a flash flood. Our little small SPCA and individuals of our community, within hours housed almost 200 cats and over 100 dogs. Not to mention birds, hamsters, fish etc. The numbers do not sound like alot but when you only have an hour or so and given the fact that our communities are only small and our SPCA is in a tiny building. I was so proud of the officials who just assumed that animals must be saved as well. I live in Newfoundland and we are often thought of as being behind the rest of the country.....I don't think so. I know it is nothing like the States faced, but it does make me happy to know that animals are included in our emercency response program. It is also a relief to know that we will not have to witness the cruelty that was bestowed on those poor animals in New Orleans again. Oh, and by the way I believe that animals have some sort of soul and God includes them in his evacuation plan...LOL!