Hurricanes can be a scary time for everyone, and pets are no exception.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is offering a free microchip for your pet with any purchase at their animal hospital between August 29 and September 3.
The Humane Society says storms are a leading cause of pets becoming lost and hurricanes unfortunately bring the possibility of evacuation, which heightens this problem. If you have to evacuate, don’t leave your pet behind! Pets left behind are at risk of being injured, lost, or killed. If it’s not safe for you to be in your home, then it isn’t safe for your pets either.
They suggest that you microchip your pet and include your current contact information. Also make sure you have an up to date collar.
If you are evacuating, the organization says you should bring the following items for your pet:
– All current medications, including heartworm, flea and tick preventatives
– Current medical and vaccination records
– A minimum of 7 days’ worth of food and water – don’t forget a can opener and/or scooper!
– Food and water bowls
– Microchip ID number information
– A collar with rabies and ID tags and leashes (it’s never a bad idea to have backups)
– Pictures of you with your pets and of your pets alone, to prove ownership and help others identify them if you are separated
– List of unique markings your pet has
– Pet first-aid kit
– Poop bags
– Trash bags
– Toys and treats
– Litter boxes and litter
– A secure carrier or collapsible crate for each pet, large enough for them to stand comfortably and turn around
– Bedding and blankets
– Small container of disinfectant and paper towels
If you’re staying at home, identify a safe area of the house where your family and pets can stay together, and put your emergency supplies in that room immediately. Bring pets indoors as soon as authorities say trouble is on the way and make sure they’re wearing identification. Close off any unsafe nooks and crannies where frightened cats may try to hide, and don’t let your pets roam loose!
For more tips and information on how to keep your pets safe, click here.