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Pet Preparedness

Updated: Jun 20

Pet Preparedness Month, observed in June, is a dedicated time to raise awareness about the importance of an emergency plan for pets. Whether it's a natural disaster, an unexpected evacuation, or any other emergency, being prepared can ensure the safety and well-being of your furry, feathered, or scaly friends.


Creating an Emergency Kit for Your Pet

1. Food and Water: At least a week's food and water supply, along with bowls.

2. Medications: A supply of any medications your pet needs, along with medical records.

3. First Aid Kit: Pet-specific first aid supplies, including bandages, antiseptic, and any necessary medications.

4. Collar and Leash: Spare collars, leashes, and a harness if needed.

5. Identification: Updated ID tags and microchip information.

6. Litter and Waste Bags: Litter box and litter for cats, waste bags for dogs.

7. Comfort Items: Familiar toys, bedding, or blankets to reduce stress.

8. Carrier or Crate: For safe transport and housing during an emergency.


Evacuation Plan

1. Evacuation Routes: Know your evacuation routes and have multiple options.

2. Pet-Friendly Shelters: Identify pet-friendly shelters or hotels in your area.

Local Pet-Friendly Hotels: Super 8, Travelodge, Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, Allure Hotel, Ramada Inn, Shore Vista Lodge, The Briars Resort, Red Pine Inn, Barrie KOA. (List Valid as of June 2024).

3. Contact Information: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including your veterinarian and local animal shelters.

4. Buddy System: Arrange with friends or family to take care of each other’s pets if one is unavailable during an emergency.

5. Practice Drills: Conduct regular emergency drills that include your pets to ensure everyone knows what to do.


I.D and Microchipping

Having your pet's identification on their collar and microchipped is important, regardless of the circumstances. When a pet becomes lost, every minute counts in terms of finding them and returning them to their worried owners.

One of the most effective ways to increase the chances of being reunited with a lost pet is to have them microchipped. A microchip is a small, permanent identification implant that contains essential information about the pet, such as their name, breed, age, and owner's contact information. When a lost pet is taken to a veterinary clinic or animal shelter, the microchip can be scanned to retrieve this information and help reunite the pet with their owner.

However, it's imperative to keep the microchip up-to-date and accurate. If the information associated with the microchip is outdated or incorrect, it can delay or even prevent the successful return of the pet. This is why it's crucial to register the microchip with a reliable database and keep your contact information current.

Unfortunately, many lost pets do not have microchips, which can lead to a longer and more challenging recovery process. Without a microchip, pets may be stuck in shelters for extended periods or even end up in new homes without their original owners knowing. This can be heartbreaking for both the pet and their owners.

In fact, many shelters and rescue organizations report that they see countless dogs and cats coming through their doors every year without identification or microchips. These pets are often held in shelters for weeks or even months, only to be adopted by new families who may not know their original owners are frantically searching for them.

By having your pets identified and microchipped, you can rest assured that if they ever become lost, they will be more likely to be returned to you quickly and safely. It's a simple step that can make all the difference in reuniting you with your beloved companion. So don't wait – get your pets microchipped today and give yourself peace of mind knowing that they'll always be just a scan away from coming home.


During an Emergency

  1. Stay Informed: Monitor local news and weather reports for updates.

  2. Keep Calm: Pets can sense your anxiety; staying calm can help keep them calm.

  3. Follow Authorities: Adhere to the guidance and instructions from emergency services.

After an Emergency

  1. Check for Injuries: Thoroughly check your pet for injuries and seek veterinary care if needed.

  2. Behaviour Changes: Be aware that pets may exhibit behaviour changes due to stress.

  3. Re-establish Routine: Try to get back to your pet's regular routine as soon as possible to provide a sense of normalcy.


With these preparations, you can provide your furry, feathered, or scaly friends with the best chance of staying safe and secure during emergencies. Pet Preparedness Month is a reminder to act now and ensure peace of mind for you and your beloved companions.


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Create an Emergency Kit

Microchip your pet to help bring them home.
Microchip and Update your pet's I.D

Family with a dog: Infograph on hoe to prepare for and emergency
Are you Prepared






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