Hurricane Preparedness for Pet Parents - Gulf Coast Humane Society

Hurricane Preparedness for Pet Parents

Hurricane season has begun, so pet parents must have a plan in place to ensure the safety and well-being of their furry companions. Here are some essential tips to help you prepare for a hurricane and keep your pets safe during this challenging time:

1. Create a Pet Emergency Kit: Put together a kit that includes essential items for your pet such as food, water, medications, medical records, leashes, carriers, and comfort items. Make sure to have at least a week’s supply of food and medication in case of evacuation or limited access to stores.

2. Identify Pet-Friendly Shelters: Research pet-friendly shelters in your area ahead of time and know their policies and procedures. Not all shelters accept pets, so it’s important to have a plan in place for where you can take your pet if you need to evacuate.

3. Ensure Proper Identification: Make sure your pet has up-to-date identification tags with your contact information. Consider microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification in case they get lost during the chaos of a hurricane.

4. Plan for Evacuation: Have a detailed evacuation plan that includes arrangements for your pets. Know where you will go, how you will get there, and what transportation will be available for your pets.

5. Keep Your Pet Calm: During the storm, keep your pet calm by creating a safe space for them indoors away from windows and loud noises. Comfort them with familiar items like blankets or toys to reduce stress and anxiety.

By following these tips and being prepared, you can ensure the safety and well-being of your beloved pets during hurricane season.