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Disaster Preparation for Pet Parents

Happy National Dog Day!  The ASPCA recently contacted me and asked me to share information related to disaster preparedness for pet parents — an important and often overlooked topic.

It’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina.  Are your pets safer?  Just like children, pet parents need to prepare for their furry family members prior to a natural disaster.

August 23, 2015, marked the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which, in addition to killing nearly 2,000 people, left 600,000 pets deceased or homeless.  Almost half (44%) of the people who refused to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina said they did so because they felt they could not bring their animals with them.  Despite this tragedy, recent poll shows that 35% of pet owners still do not have plans in place for the next big storm.

The ASPCA is encouraging pet parents to pledge to prepare for their pets in the event of a natural disaster.  A helpful guide is shown in the ASPCA’s infographic below.

*Act today to make plans to protect your beloved furry family members from a natural disaster.

 

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The above image is courtesy of the ASPCA.

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