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Wildlife whispers:

Q: Are your pets prepared for earthquakes, hurricanes & floods?

by Dee Walmsley

Good doggie
Taking care of our pets!

Are you prepared for an environmental emergency? Got your kit all packed and stashed in a safe place? Are you in the habit of changing the water in your kit’s bottles and replacing those dead batteries. Well good for you, but what arrangements have you  made for your pets? Do you have a fresh stock of food, dishes and water for your animals in those emergency supplies?  What about a can-opener? Don’t watch your traumatized animal on the six o’clock news desperately seeking food and shelter. Act now. Be prepared.

You need to know:

  if pets will be allowed to accompany you into emergency shelters

   if veterinarian clinics will become human facilities

   if your municipality or city has an emergency animal relocation plan or shelter

   if your animal is on medication, is it stated somewhere on the animal? Can the medication be replaced?

Some preventative measures you can take:

   make sure your pet has identification

   find an alternative source of shelter ie out of town relative

   keep a stock-pile of food available

   start a community resource to address these problems

   when disaster strikes, be prepared to release any chained or locked up animals

   make up a disaster plan and rehearse it with family and friends  

Don’t leave the welfare of your pet or livestock to government authorities.  Take matters into your own hands and do it now!  Be a responsible pet owner...remember you  are their only life-line.  

Dee Walmsley is Clever's nature writer. She would love to hear from you.

To contact Dee: deew74@shaw.ca

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