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Emergency Stickers

Put one or more emergency stickers on the windows of your home to let emergency workers know about your pets. It must contain 1) the types and number of pets in your household; 2) the name of your veterinarian; and 3) your veterinarian's phone number.

Fill out this order form for an ASPCA emergency pet alert sticker for your home (please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery). You may also contact your local pet supply store to determine if they carry similar stickers for purchase.

Arrange a Safe Haven

Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! If you do, they may be at risk for injury or even worse. Red Cross disaster shelters will not accept pets because of health and safety regulations. So it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time.

Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

Emergency Supply and Travel Kit

Keep an emergency kit handy for your pets. This kit should contain the following:

Choose a Designated Caregiver

This is something that should take considerable time and thought. You should make plans for a temporary home for your pets in the event of an emergency. (And also make arrangements for a permanent home in the event you can no longer care for your pet.) When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone that is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with a neighbor who has pets of their own. (You may even swap responsibilities depending upon who has accessibility.) When choosing a permanent caregiver, other criteria should be considered. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this "foster parent," consider people who have met your pet and have successfully cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet. Additionally, you will want to provide a trust for your pet's financial future. Unlike a will, a trust provides for your pet immediately, and can apply not only if you die, but if you become disabled. You may designate your permanent caregiver as the trustee, or choose a separate person to be the trustee of the funds that you have set aside for your pet's care.

Contact your attorney or the ASPCA at 212-876-7700, x4554 for more information on trusts, wills, and how much money to set aside for your pet's needs in the event you are unable to care for them.

Evacuation Preparation

Time is of the essence when you must evacuate your home in a crisis. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:

Consider your evacuation route and call ahead to make arrangements for boarding your pet outside of the danger zone at the first sign of disaster.


Geographic and Climate Considerations

You may live in an area that is prone to certain natural catastrophies, such as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods. If so, you should plan accordingly.

In the event of flooding, look for the highest location in your home, or for a room with access to counters or high shelves where your animals can take shelter.


Other Pets


Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier.

In cold weather, make certain you have a blanket over the cage. This may also help reduce the stress of traveling. In warm weather, carry a spray bottle to moisten your bird's feathers periodically. Have photos available and leg bands on for identification. If the carrier does not have a perch, line it with paper towels and change those frequently.

Keep the carrier in as quiet an area as possible.

It is particularly imperative that birds eat on a daily basis, so purchase a timed feeder

If you need to leave your bird unexpectedly, the feeder will ensure its daily feeding schedule.


Snakes may be transported in a pillowcase, but you should have permanent and secure housing for them when they reach a safe place.

Take a bowl of water with you that is large enough for soaking, and also bring a heating pad.

Lizards should be transported like birds.


Animals such as hamsters, gerbils, mice, guinea pigs, etc., should be transported in secure carriers with bedding materials, food and food bowls.