When Tropical Storm “Ketsana” hit the Pacific, Jason Baker, Director of PETA, reissued a point list of animal safety tips. As much as humans prepare for natural disasters, it is equally important to prepare for such circumstances for our beloved animals as well. These preparations will prevent the devastating results that had happened before. Watch this video on how to prepare an emergency kit for our household pets:
Leave out at least 2 weeks of supply of dry food and water.
Do not tie them outside and do not leave them in a cage. Leave them in a secure area inside your home or leave them where they are able to flee on their own.
If you can’t get to your home immediately after the disaster, contact a neighbor to check on them.
Make sure your pets are trained to be used to their leash and carriers.
Understand where your pet may hide
Have your entire family know the procedure. Let them know where the pet disaster kits are hidden so that they may easily access it.
On the events of Tropical Storm “Ketsana”, pictures of dead cats and dogs, drowning in their cages from electrical wires, were posted and circulated on Youtube. These devastating videos show what happens to pets when we leave them behind. The gruesome death that some experience because of the lack of preparedness.
A research made by the Canine Behaviorist and Welfare Team (CBWT), explains what happens when our beloved pets are left alone.
“The first 30 minutes after being left alone is usually the most stressful time for the majority of dogs,” they note. “However, for some individuals, this elevated level of stress can last for the whole time that they are left.”
Leaving pets not only puts the pets in danger, but also puts first responders in danger. When a pet is left in a dangerous environment this may also lead to dangerous rescuing