Prepare Your Pets for Disasters

Make a plan. Build an emergency kit. Stay informed.

Unfortunately, disaster can strike at any moment. Are you prepared? Here are some tips to help you and your family – including your pets – plan and prepare now!

Pet Disaster Preparedness Plan

If you have a plan in place for you and your family, including your pets, you will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry if you need to evacuate your home during an emergency.

Things to include in your plan:

  • Have an evacuation plan for your pet. Determine a safe place where you can take your pets before disasters and emergencies happen. Your local animal shelter may offer temporary housing during a disaster. Find a pet-friendly hotel, or friend who will welcome you and your animals.
  • Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for, or evacuate your pets if you cannot.
  • Have your pet microchipped. Make sure to keep your address and phone number up-to-date on your microchip registration and include contact information for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.

Build an evacuation “Go Bag” for your pet and include essential items, such as:

  • Food and water.
  • Pet carrier.
  • Pet prescriptions.
  • Bowls.
  • Leash and collar.
  • Vaccination records.
  • Photo of you and your pet for ID.
  • Poop bags/cat litter and litter box.

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley offers free, temporary boarding during disasters for evacuated pets.

For more preparedness tips, visit ready.gov/pets