From raging wildfires in Southern California the epic flooding and lashing winds wrought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the deluge of natural disasters endured by the US in recent days has taught us all that plans should be in place to keep all our two- and four-legged loved ones safe before we find ourselves faced with an emergency situation.
In observance of National Preparedness Month, the ASPCA reminds pet parents to take time in the calm before a storm to ensure that all cat and canine companions will be protected when severe weather arrives.
Download the ASPCA Mobile App
Available for free download, the ASPCA mobile pet safety app:
- offers pet parents a convenient way to store their furry family member’s vital health records.
- gives tips to care for a pet before, during and after a major weather event.
- provides a personalized missing pet recovery kit complete with instructions for searching for a displaced cat or dog in a number of varying situations.
- offers the tools necessary to create a lost pet digital flyer to be shared via social media channels.
- keeps pet parents informed of the latest animal welfare concerns.
To further shine a spotlight on the issue, the ASPCA has teamed up with ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee, who states that “In my line of work, I often see the devastating impact natural disasters can have on humans and pets alike. Please download the ASPCA Pet Safety app for life-saving steps you can take to keep your pets safe if a disaster strikes.”
Promise to Prepare for Your Pet’s Safety
After arming themselves with knowledge by downloading the ASPCA mobile pet safety app, pet parents can sign a pledge to promise that they will protect their pals with paws in case of an emergency. By adding their name to a list already over 11,000 strong, guardians of cats and dogs agree to:
- keep updated photos of their four-legged friends in the event that a dog or cat should go missing.
- ensure that their barking buddy or purring pal is microchipped (and that all information contained within their microchip is current) and wears I.D. tags on their collar.
- gather all necessary medical item to create a portable emergency kit.
- adhere an alert sticker on a front window of their home to inform a rescue crew of the fact that a pet resides inside. (NOTE: To receive a free pet rescue alert window sticker, fill out the form provided on ASPCA’s disaster pledge page.)
ASPCA Helps Animals Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Come rain or come shine, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is always prepared to come to the aid of all creatures great and small in times of need. Along with taking in 20 shelter dogs transported from Houston to the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City and transferring another 21 four-legged hurricane evacuees to the Connecticut Humane Society, when the SPCA of Texas requested support in the wake of hurricane Harvey the ASPCA responded with a team to give care to more than 150 animals at the SPCA of Texas’s emergency shelter in Dallas.
As the water receded, the influx of animals increased, and as of September 8th the shelter population has reached close to 400 displaced dogs and cats. All of the animals staying at the shelter have forever families, many of whom are staying at an emergency shelter just blocks away from their four-legged loved ones. Keeping pets and their human parents in close proximity to each other gives people the opportunity to frequently visit the members of their fur family as they take their first tentative steps toward rebuilding their lives.
Currently the ASPCA is offering assistance with pre-evacuation and relocation efforts in Florida and South Carolina as residents prepare for hurricane Irma to make landfall. To stay informed of the ASPCA’s continuing efforts to aid animals affected by the recent natural disasters visit aspca.org/harvey-reponse.
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