Georgia Pets

In an emergency, your pet will depend on you for his or her safety and well-being. It’s up to you to protect Fido or Fluffy when the unexpected hits, so create a Ready kit and emergency plan for your pet today.

Need some guidance? Dr. Will from the Village Vets can show you what to do:

A transcript of this video can be found here.

Prepare with a pet Ready kit

Include basic survival items and items to keep your pet happy and comfortable. Start with this list, or use the personal profile feature to find out exactly what items your pet needs to be Ready.

  • Food. At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
  • Water. At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
  • Medicines and medical records.
  • Important documents. Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
  • First aid kit. Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too.
  • Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
  • Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
  • Sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
  • A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
  • Familiar items. Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.

 

Make an Emergency Plan

If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured - or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include:

  • Create a buddy system in case you're not home. Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your animals.
  • Most public shelters can’t accept pets due to health regulations, so plan accordingly.
    • Find pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet Ready kit. Visit GoPetFriendly.com for hotels outside Georgia.
    • Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter.
    • Consider an out-of-town friend or relative
  • Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter, in case your pet needs medical care. Add the contact information to your Ready kit.

Remember, during a disaster what's good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today.


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Watch Ready Videos

Action! Learn how to prepare for the unexpected. Our videos show you what it takes.

Customize Your Kit

Create your Customized Ready Plan today. You can also use our checklist.

Act Locally

What's going on in your community? Find out who to call. Host your own Ready event.

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