survey conducted by the American Kennel Club during a two-week period
in May 2006 shows owners consider their pets a part of their family.
If forced to evacuate their homes to a location where they could
not bring their pets, 62% would stay with their animals.
half of those responding to the survey said they would like to have
an emergency preparedness plan but did not know how to make one.
And while most owners have vaccination records and extra food and
water on hand for their pets, most do not have these items assembled
in a portable pet disaster kit in case of an immediate evacuation.
According to the poll the Midwest led the nation with the highest
percentage (82%) of those without a disaster kit assembled in case
of an evacuation. Nationally most respondents also did not have
a listing of hotels that accept pets outside their area's evacuation
planning can help save the life of our pets. Toward that goal the
American Kennel Club has prepared a checklist and suggestions for
items to be placed in a portable pet first-aid kit. This checklist
is available at the link below entitled "Are You Prepared?".
U.S. Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the American
Kennel Club, the ASPCA, the AVMA, and HSUS has prepared a pamphlet
to assist you in planning for your pet in case of an emergency.
It is available by selecting the icon on the right.