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Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet: 15 Essentials


Disaster preparedness for your pet

When it comes to a national disaster, do you have a plan? Earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires and floods happen around the world every day and affect thousands of people and their pets. Today on National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, we encourage you to spend time putting together a plan for yourself and your pet.  To help you assemble a comprehensive disaster kit for your pet, here are our 15 essentials.
1. Proper ID.  The most important thing you can do for your pet before a disaster occurs is to make sure they have proper ID.  This means having a physical…

7 Buckle Up for Safety – Safety Belts for Dogs


2 dogs wearing safety belts

What’s the first thing you do when you get into your car?  If you are obeying the law, it’s securing your seatbelt around you.  If you have children, the first thing you do when placing them in the car is securing their car seat, or making sure they are buckled securely.  That’s why I don’t understand why more people don’t do the same for their four-legged kids.  I predict that within 5-10 years there will be laws in place about securing your dog in the car, but if doing so can keep you and your dog safer, why wait?

Earthquake Safety for Pets


cat with disaster kit

On October 17th, Found Animals Foundation and Adopt & Shop will be participating in the Great California ShakeOut, a nation-wide earthquake drill.  While we were making preparations for the drill, we began to ask ourselves, if an earthquake were to happen right now, what would we do with our pets and how can we include them in our earthquake preparedness plans?  Here is a guide to earthquake safety for pets.

DURING an Earthquake: DROP, COVER and HOLD ON.
Any animal, when frightened, may bite or scratch in order to flee to safety, so it is very important that you DO…

Microchip Monday: Rescuing Animals from Fires in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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family with found dog

Guest blog written by Jan McHugh-Smith, President and CEO  of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
Note from Found Animals: The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region knows a lot about keeping pets safe. They take in over 19,000 pets a year, and are huge advocates for pet identification including ID tags and registered microchips. In fact, as part of their pet disaster planning and response initiatives, Pikes Peak will soon be holding a microchip clinic to provide Found Animals’ low-cost microchips and free microchip registration to pets in areas affected by the recent Waldo Canyon fire.…

Pet Disaster Planning: Every Lost Pet Deserves to Be Found

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cat and dog in a window

Disasters frequently displace hundreds of pets from their families, and the number one reason they are never found is lack of permanent identification. The Found Animals Registry was born after the horrific sights of lost pets being rescued from raging waters and rooftops during Hurricane Katrina.  Sadly, the pet identification crisis is still a reality; after Super Storm Sandy, only 1 in 10 rescued pets were microchipped3.  Disaster preparation and planning are the best ways to keep your pets safe and Found Animals has a disaster preparedness checklist to assist you.

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet
1. Provide…

2 Pet Disaster Planning: Tips to Find a Lost Pet After a Disaster Occurs


bulldog after Moore Ok tornado

The month of June is designated as National Disaster Preparedness Month.  Unfortunately, in many parts of the country, people are already experiencing the devastating effects of extreme weather and the damage it can do.
We have done blogs in the past on the importance of pet disaster planning, how to assemble a disaster prep kit for pets, and on pet first aid including CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. And of course, the importance of pet identification, especially  microchipping, is always foremost in our minds.
But distaster preparedness only takes you so far.  When nature decides to unleash its fury, situations…

5 Pet First Aid & CPR


pet first aid class sign

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity for us pet owners to set aside our daily responsibilities for a moment and educate ourselves on what to do in case of emergency.
There is a wealth of information swirling around on the internet so I compiled a few handy resources just in case, heaven forbid, you find yourself in a situation where you need it.
CPR & The Heimlich Maneuver: The American Red Cross produced this great infographic that shows you how to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver on cats and dogs. We recommend…

3 Disaster Prep Your Pets


orange tabby with emergency kit

Are your pets ready for anything? My cats Pumpkin and Bean are excited to share some tips and tricks to help you create your pet preparedness plan!

Protecting the animals you love is a load off your mind, and will save you time and heartache if disaster strikes. A little bit of planning now can do wonders to help your pets later…plus, it’s a great excuse to pick up a few fresh toys or that stylish new collar your pets have been drooling over (if your pets are anything like Bean, they drool a lot!).
Take a moment now to…

Be Prepared With a Pet Emergency Kit & Microchip


persian cat in a hardhat

Since 2000, when the HSUS and FEMA signed an agreement giving pet owners the go-ahead to bring their four legged family members with them to disaster shelters, the world has been a better place.  However, not all shelters can accept pets, so be sure to do your research now to find out where you will be able to take your WHOLE family in case of an emergency.  If you are unable to locate a suitable shelter for everyone, keep in mind that there are veterinary clinics and animal shelters as alternative options for boarding your pet.
In addition to having…