There are effective ways to prepare for disasters. Most importantly, make arrangements ahead of time to ensure animals' safety in the event of evacuation. Whether the emergency is a flood, a fire, or a human-made disaster, evacuees should never assume that they will be able to return home soon, despite any assurances to the contrary.
Take a moment now to make the following preparations so that you'll be ready for the worst. Even if this information seems obvious to you, please take the time to share it with friends and family—an animal's life could depend on it.
If at all possible, do not leave animals behind during natural disasters. There is no way of knowing what may happen to your home while you are away, and you may not be able to return for days or even weeks. Companion animals who are left behind may become malnourished and dehydrated or escape in fear and get lost. To keep animals safe during natural disasters, follow these simple tips:
In case you must leave your companion animal behind, the following are some tips:
Far too often during natural disasters, people could have taken their animals with them, but they thought that they'd only be gone for a few hours. Hours can turn into days or even weeks, and many animals suffer and die as a result. Good intentions aren't good enough—always take your animals with you.
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