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Pets need special care and attention during turbulent is important that as valued family members they get the comfort they need at a difficult time.

Original content by Debe Maxwell, CRS 228209


Preparing your pets for hurricaneJust as you prepare your family’s emergency supply kit, you'll want to prepare an emergency kit for your pets. Think first about the basics for survival, most importantly, food and water. Pack enough of everything to last for at least 3 days.  You’ll want to have a picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics. 


  • Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container. 
  • Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets in addition to water you need for yourself and your family. 
  • Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container. 
  • Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book. 
  • Collar with ID tag, harness or leash. Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit. 
  • CAT IN CARRIERIn addition, place copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit. 
  • If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you. You will want to have a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting your pet. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down. 
  • Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. 
  • Include favorite toys, treats or bedding in your emergency container.


You can bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 4-16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches, or those with added cleaners.


Hurricane preparednessTODAY: Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment. Make a list of contact information and addresses of your veterinarian. 

*Keep one copy of these phone numbers with you and one in your pet’s emergency supply kit. 


Put your name, address & phone number on a sticker where you could be reached in an emergency on the pet’s rabies tag if you don’t have an identity. Use permanent market if at all possible. 


Stay Informed Know About Forecast: It’s important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your area as well as emergency plans that have been established by your state and local government. For more information about how to prepare, visit or call 1-800-BE-READY. 


Those who take the time to prepare themselves and their pets will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry. Take the time now to get yourself and your pet ready. 



Arrange a Safe Haven

Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, IF IT ISN’T SAFE FOR YOU, IT’S NOT SAFE FOR YOUR PETS. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. 


Not all shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:

  • Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
  • Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
  • Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.




Choose A ”Designated Caregiver”


Consider someone who lives close to your home. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.

When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this “foster parent,” consider people who have met your pet and have successful cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.



  • 911 for all life-threatening emergencies
  • 211 for information on shelters, evacuation routes, storm clean-up, volunteer needs and locating food and water.  
  • 511 for road closures.
  • Coast Guard search and rescue: (757) 398-6700.
  • Download the app, GasBuddy or visit to locate available gas in your area.
  • For shelter locations, call (888) 892-1162 or visit
  • For lost or missing pets, call (704) 336-7600
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

One of my home sellers works in pet rescue and was telling me how they contacted all the shelters to get them emptied. She also spoke about how not to leave pets behind to fend themselves Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Sep 13, 2018 05:32 AM #1
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Thank you for this re-blog Sally and David. I guess this is why we get so much warning of inclement weather sometimes ...

Sep 13, 2018 05:35 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson (Sally).... this reblog is a timely one.... and I do hope people are kind and think about their's like leaving a child behind.... unbelievable.

Sep 13, 2018 08:02 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sally and David. I am so glad you re-posted this today. I know we both share a love for our pets and would never leave them behind.

Sep 13, 2018 08:08 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Sally and David - good that you re posted this.  Taking the picture is important as well as ID but getting the embedded ID is even better.

Sep 13, 2018 09:01 AM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David as scary as this storm can be for us two legged folk, it can be as scary for our four legged friends.

Sep 13, 2018 01:35 PM #6
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sally, great choice for a reblog, and we all be watching and praying our AR friends are safe with all the predicted rain.

Sep 13, 2018 04:07 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sally.

I'm watching TV about Florence while I'm writing my comment.  The destruction is going to be horrific. Hopefully, there will be no loss of life

Sep 14, 2018 01:45 AM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Definitely once the storm has passed, getting our pets micro-chipped will help for the next storm, Grant Schneider.

Thank you for sharing this, Sally - the countdown is on here! We're hunkered down and ready for Flo to go back to sea! 

Sep 14, 2018 10:48 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

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