PETA OFFERS FILIPINOS URGENT INFORMATION FOR SAFEGUARDING ANIMALS DURING FLOOD
Group Warns Against Leaving Animals Behind
For Immediate Release:
August 7, 2012
Manila – With heavy rains brought on by tropical storm Haikui leading to evacuations in many communities, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia (PETA) is offering important advice for ensuring the safety of animal companions. Please help us alert people to the following information, which could help save the lives of cats, dogs, and other animal companions who need to be included in disaster preparation plans:
- If at all avoidable, never leave your animals behind to fend for themselves.
- Never tie animals up or leave them caged or confined in any way, as they will be trapped and unable to flee rising floodwaters.
- If your house has a second floor, ensure animals have access to that floor so they can escape rising flood waters.
- If you’re able to evacuate with animals, place small animals in secure cages, and keep dogs leashed. Frightening sounds and unfamiliar surroundings may make them bolt. Take water and food bowls, your animals' favorite toys or blankets, a towel and enough food for at least a week.
- Watch for other animals in need, including strays and animals who are left behind by neighbors.
For more information on helping animals in natural disasters, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com.