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Providing Prevention Response & Recovery for Animal Emergencies

Are you prepared for an emergency evacuation? 
Are your pets?
Will you know what to do and what to bring?

If you are forced to evacuate your home because of an emergency, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND!  On October 6, 2006, legislation made it law, that requires pets to be included in disaster evacuation plans. The law is called Pets Evacuation, Transportation Standards Act (PETS) along with CT Public Act 07-11 which requires all CT municipalities to also plan for pets. Pets cannot survive on their own; so don't forget to make preparations for your pets. Pets, just like any other member of your family have the their own special needs.

Here is a small list of tips to get you started.  Please view the links to the right for more indepth planning and information

  • Don't leave your pet at home! While most evacuations last only a few days, there are times that you may not be able to return quickly. The safest place for your pet is with you.

  • If you are going to a hotel, call ahead and make sure, in advance that animals are welcome. For on-line information regarding pet friendly hotels please visit the links to the right.

  • Be sure that your pets are up-to-date on all vaccinations and bring proof of vaccinations with you.  It is a good idea to ask your veterinarian now for a copy of your pet's vaccination record.  Keep this with your emergency kit.

  • If your pets on medication or special diet, bring at least 1 week supply

  • IDENTIFICATION OF YOUR PET IS CRUCIAL!  The ideal form of identification is a microchip or tatoo.  At minimum, your pet should have a tag with his/her name, your name, and your phone number on it.  Pictures of your pet that capture identification features are also a good idea.