Natural Disasters: Preparing an Emergency Plan for your Pet

With emergency assistance available for people during times of natural disasters, what about our pets? Here are some resources from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to plan for your pets safety.

As we are all dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I see that there are many emergency resources and assistance for people, yet there are little or no programs in-place to accomodate pets.  People already face issues with evacuations, etc., and unfortunately those with pets can face much greater challenges than those without pets. 

So, it prompted me to search to find more information about what pet owners can do in emergency situations.  The best tactic is to try to plan ahead and have an emergency plan in-place for your pets so that when disaster does strike, at least there are some options ready or available instead of being at a loss as to what to do and being in a very desperate situation. 

Here are some resources from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in regard to planning for your pets safety during times of natural disaster.  They offer checklists, brochures, videos and other helpful information for pet owners: http://www.ready.gov/animals

I sincerely hope that you, your family and pets have made it through the hurricane safely and that this information will be helpful to you in planning for the future. 

Colleen O'Neill



201 Pompton Plains Crossroads

Wayne, NJ 07470

(Located off Route 23 North; take the Jackson Avenue exit)

Website:  www.petfinder.com/shelters/NJ516.html

Phone: 973-694-0767

Fax: 973-616-1270

Email: animalshelter@waynetownship.com

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We've got lots of loveable furry friends awaiting adoption at the Wayne Township Animal Shelter!  Many of these animals have very sad stories of abandonment but have now been given a second chance at our shelter.  If you’re searching for a best friend who will provide unconditional love and affection, we’ve got plenty of furry faces just waiting to meet you!  At the Wayne Township Animal Shelter we are committed to finding our dogs and cats loving forever homes which means matching them with the right owner.


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wyldthang18 November 07, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Thank you for this story. Don't know what I would do without my puppy, she is not even a year old yet.
Colleen O'Neill November 07, 2012 at 01:26 AM
You're welcome! Its good to know that you love her so much, and taking precautions for her future means you're a caring and responsible dog owner and she's lucky to have you, as you are to have her, I'm sure. And with a young pup like that, you've got so many great years ahead of you. I hope this helps you and your pup. :) Colleen


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