How Will You Find Your Pet After a Disaster?

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After a disaster, families often become separated from their pets.  This can be a very traumatic time for both the family and the pet.  Here are three tips to consider:

  1. Conduct a thorough search.  The first thing you should do is contact your local Animal Care and Control to see if they have your pet.  If they don't, you should immediately start going door-to-door and talk with your neighbors.  Leave your name, address and phone number plus a complete description of your pet.  You might also want to consider putting a microchip in your pet.  That way, if animal control picks up your pet or someone brings the pet there, Animal Control is able to contact you.  More info on microchipping>>
  2. Visit shelters.  Visit your local animal shelter daily.  It is important that you go in person, because only you can identify your pet.
  3. Make posters and create an ad.  Make a poster with a  recent picture of your pet to alert people to be on the lookout.  Make small tear-offs, if someone sees your pet, they can easily tear off the tab and call.  Provide general information but avoid putting too much detail about your pet on the poster.  There are con-artists who may use this information to claim they have your pet and try and scam youClick here for a free template of a Lost Pet Poster with tear-off tabs>>

Get more preparedness tips from The Red Guide to Recovery, whose Handbook is used by a variety of agencies nationwide.