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National Pet Preparedness Month 2024: When It Is & Essential Tips

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National Pet Preparedness Month is a month dedicated to educating pet parents on how to keep their pets safe during a natural disaster. June is the month of National Pet Preparedness, and several health organizations have included essential tips on handling your pets during these events. Since pets are considered part of the family, you must learn how to keep them safe during disasters such as floods, hurricanes, blackouts, or earthquakes.

Our lovely companions rely on us to keep them safe, so make sure to read all the information and prepare yourself for any possible scenario.


History of National Pet Preparedness Month

According to the Animal Welfare Institute, between 100,000 and 250,000 pets were stranded during Hurricane Katrina. Horrific images of abandoned pets spread across social media, resulting in a new law being introduced after the hurricane. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act was introduced in September 2005, officially becoming law in October 2006. More than 30 states were instructed on the evacuation, rescue, and care of pets during a disaster.

National Pet Preparedness Month is dedicated to staying safe and keeping your pets safe during a disaster. During the entire month of June, pet parents across the USA are reminded that our pets’ lives are entirely in our hands during natural disasters. In the unfortunate event that you suffer any natural disaster, keeping every family member safe, including your pets, is crucial. Having an emergency plan for your pet is very important and valuable because, in the event of a flood, earthquake, or hurricane, your pet will rely entirely on your help for survival. They are usually more frightened of this event than their owners, so remembering them during this awful time is paramount.

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How to Keep Your Pet Safe During a Disaster

The best way to ensure your pet’s safety when a natural disaster strikes is to create a pet emergency plan beforehand. This plan should include all the evacuation details, including the necessary items to take with you and a safe place to take your pet. Research pet-friendly hotels that can take you in with your pet and friends or relatives who can provide basic care if possible.

Gather a pet emergency kit, which will include all your necessary items. Pack some food for your pets; the best food to pack is canned or dry food, and make sure to include a can opener. You’ll also need water, bowls, leashes, harnesses, and carriers. A first aid kit and any potential medications and medical records for your pet will be another valuable thing to have in your emergency kit.

Essential Tips for National Pet Preparedness Month

  • Introduce your pet to the evacuation drills to get used to the carriers in an emergency.
  • Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date.
  • Stay near your pet at all times. Keep them secure in the carrier or on the leash so they don’t run away.
  • Have your pet microchipped, as it can be a lifesaver in the case of an emergency. Microchipping your pet can help the rescue team connect you to your furry friend after the disaster.
  • Bring your pet’s favorite toy and some treats to help them calm down.
  • Keep your pet from drinking unknown water sources, especially during floods.
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Final Thoughts

Since our pets rely on us entirely to keep them safe, it is paramount that we do our best to look out for them. They are an essential part of each family, and remembering them during a disaster will ensure they stay safe by your side during and after the event.

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