Natural disasters can strike at any time so it's imperative to have a plan in place in advance. Pets are members of the family and should be included in disaster preparations. Always include your pets in your evacuation plans and prepare for the worst-case scenario. Do not, under any circumstances, leave your pet behind. Leaving your pet tied up outside to a tree or fence is not an option. Leaving your pet indoors is too risky due to floods from tidal surges which could trap your pet in a house filling up quickly with water.
Just like other members of your household, emergency planning for your pets requires supplies and advance preparation. For the safety of your pets and for your own peace of mind, the LA/SPCA advises the following procedures for hurricane season:
At The Beginning of Hurricane Season:
- Make sure your pet's vaccinations are current.Make copies of your records to take with you.
- All boarding facilities and veterinarian offices require proof of immunization before accepting pets.
- Update your pet's ID tags if needed.Talk to your veterinarian about permanent forms of identification such as microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
- This simple step could be your pet's round-trip ticket home in the event they get lost.
- Please note that microchipping is mandatory in Orleans Parish for all pets allowed outside.
Compile a list of places to go.
- Consider staying with a family or friends who reside outside of the affected areas and are comfortable with pets.
- Look into pet-friendly hotels, shelters or boarding facilities outside of the hurricane strike zone.
- The LA/SPCA does not board animals.
When a Hurricane Strike is Likely:
Start calling places to go with your pet(s). Make hotel or boarding facility reservations, outside hurricane strike zone, if needed. Get your pet supplies and carriers ready to go. Make final plans to leave the city.
When Evacuation is Strongly Recommended:
Load up your personal items, your pet supplies, your pets and go! If traveling by car, make sure your pets have good ventilation and water periodically taking bathroom breaks. Do not leave your four-legged friends in the danger zone. If it is not safe for you, it is not safe for your pet(s).