5 Things You Can Do Now to Protect Your Pets During a Wildfire
Taking these precautions now can potentially save your pet’s life in an emergency situation.
List your pet information on your profile in our Community database for emergency responders.
Pack a pet emergency kit. Your pet emergency kit should be easy to pack, but it should also contain all of the essentials you’ll need for a few days. Here are some of the things you should pack:
A pet first-aid kit including medications
The ASPCA recommends you pack three to seven days worth of food for each pet.
Medical records and recent photos for each pet. You can store these on a flash drive if it is easier.
Paper towels, litter boxes, poop bags, garbage bags, or other supplies to clean up after your pets.
Seven days worth of water for each person and pet (replace every two months it goes unused)
Crates, carriers, and bedding.
Extra supplies like leashes, toys, harnesses, collars, food and water bowls, etc.
Update your pet’s microchip and collar identification. Make sure the contact information is accurate, and have an emergency contact number listed in addition to your own, just in case you can’t get to your phone. If your pet gets lost, this is one of your best chances of being reunited with them.
Get a fire alert sticker for your front door. This sticker should let firefighters know how many pets are in your home. If you can’t get to your pet before being evacuated, or if you can’t find them and need to escape right away, the sticker will help emergency responders save your animals.
Get your neighbors’ contact information. If you can’t make it home, designate one of your neighbors as a person you can call to pick up your pets and take them to safety if the worst should happen. Discuss this with them before an emergency occurs. Find a few backup neighbors in case any of them aren’t home.