Prepare Your Pets

Fido and Mittens—even Polly—need an emergency plan and supplies.

When planning for an emergency, remember your four-legged, furry friends and feathered family members. After all, an emergency can occur with no warning, and then it’s often too late to help your beloved pets.


Five simple steps:

  • Get a rescue window decal to notify rescue workers that pets are inside your home. And put it in a highly visible location such as a side entrance door or front window. Go to the ASPCA website, and see pet-care safety to get your free decal and other tips.
  • Keep a collar, current license and up-to date ID tags on your pet at all times.
  • Consider having your pet micro-chipped.
  • Keep an updated list of trusted neighbors who could assist your animals in case of an emergency.
  • Keep your vet’s phone number with other important emergency contacts.

Other steps:

  • Make sure your pet is comfortable being in a crate, box, cage or carrier for transport.
  • Make a go-bag for pets. Tighten and secure latches on birdcages. Fasten down aquariums on low stands or tables.
  • In case of evacuation, locate all your animals and keep them with you. Be aware that most all shelters will only allow service animals and not your family pets. In a large-scale disaster, animal shelters will be set up when possible.
  • If, for some reason, your pets are unable to evacuate with your family, follow these four steps to help ensure your pet will make it through the emergency safely:
    • Inform animal rescue workers of your pets’ status: On your front door or in a highly visible place include their location in your home and the date that you evacuated.
    • Leave plenty of water in a large, open container that cannot be tipped over.
    • Leave plenty of food in timed feeders to prevent your pet from overeating.
    • Do not tie up your pet in your home.

Get the app:

The American Red Cross offers a Pet First Aid App for iPhone and Android. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid. Learn more here: 

Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners

Are you one of the 164 million pet owners in the U.S.? There are a variety of ways you can ensure your pets safety in and around your home. Take a look at the Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners and keep your furry friends safe!