How YOU Can Be an Animal Advocate During Disasters

1
Colorado is home to BaxterBoo.com, and fires in the area are raging out of control, creeping into the suburbs, with people and pets being evacuated by the thousands. Pets are flooding the humane societies and rescues. It's frightening to imagine, but disasters like fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding could be a reality for areas all over the country.

How can you help animals during disastrous events?

Be Proactive for Your Own Pets

Planning is imperative to ensure survival for vulnerable animals. Do you have current photos and identification on your animals in case you and your pets were to become separated? Have a pet first aid kit in your car and carriers available for transport. Keep dry and canned food available and comfort items in a tote that is ready to grab in case of evacuations. Include drinking water, bowls, cleaning products and spare litter or puppy pads along with a leash and harness in your emergency kit.

Help Others Take Care of Displaced Pets

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has been flooded with pet evacuees from the Waldo Canyon Fire. Pets in cages occupy every corner as distraught guardians give tearful, temporary goodbyes. With this image in mind, if disaster should strike your community, consider calling local shelters and offer temporary housing, pet carriers, blankets, and food. Use social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to make friends aware that you are available to help since cellphone carriers are often overloaded and not working during crisis situations.

Donate!

It takes a lot of money to care for displaced pets. Your local news outlets can alert you where pets are being housed and often report where assistance is needed. Let your friends in your social circles online know of the needs. Everything helps in these situations!

For more information about the Waldo Canyon Fire, visit http://www.gazette.com/articles/fire-140792-humane-pets.html

Have you ever been affected by a disaster and had to flee with your pets? Share your tips!

Photo by jeffreyw.

This entry was posted by .
Joanne Curtis on July 18 at 8:08 PM said:

This problem is so sad. Poor babies, this shouldn't be happening, especially in the US. It really angers me how many pets are neglected, abandoned or are lost during a disaster. My heart goes out to all dogs and cats that have gone through this.
What do you think?

Name:
You are not logged in.
Post Comment >
Find Us On
Follow Me on Pinterest
Recent Articles
Watch This: Ten Reasons to Adopt a Black Cat
Black cats are cool cats, and not just because they make good Halloween decorations. Find out why you need one!
Continue Reading >
Tragic Photos Capture Devoted Dogs' Vigil For Fallen Soldier Nathan Cirillo
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Canada by a recent convert to Islam. Cirillo's dogs wait patiently for him to return. 
Continue Reading >
12 Dog Myths That Just Won't Die
There's a lot of canine conventional wisdom but, a lot of times, it's just plain wrong. How well do you know your dog?
Continue Reading >