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Disaster Preparedness for Pets

March 24, 2011
Maui Weekly

The Maui Humane Society is part of a statewide association charged by the State of Hawaii to address pet-related needs in the event of a disaster. If such an event occurred on Maui, MHS would be the agency leading the efforts locally to assist pets and pet owners, including providing shelter to displaced pets.

Here are the top 5 things to consider for your pet in preparing for a disaster:

• Identification. Microchips, tattoos, or i.d. tags can be critical if your pet becomes lost. Also keep a current picture of your pet on hand.

• If you evacuate to a shelter, be aware that no pets are allowed into a shelter without a cage/crate. The crate should have sufficient space for your pet to stretch out and be comfortable for days or even weeks, and familiarize them with it before a disaster strikes.

• Leash, harness, collar, poop bags, litter pan, cat litter, etc. Bring extras of such essentials.

• Bring favorite toys, bedding, medications, and other specific items for your pet’s comfort and health.

• Whether at home or when evacuating, make sure you have 2 weeks supply of food and safe drinking water for your pet.

Just as you would for yourself, be prepared in advance for your pet’s safety and wellbeing during a potential disaster. Contact MHS for more information.



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