Disasters can strike quickly and without warning – If it is not safe for you to stay in your home – it is not safe for your pet either
The Ontario SPCA has some good information on emergency preparedness for pets.
Creating a Pet Emergency Survival Kit:
•72 hour food supply, including bowls and a can opener
•72 hour water supply
•Leash, muzzle, harness
•Litter pan, litter, plastic bags and scooper
•Pet carrier to allow for easy transport
•Medical records, Veterinarian’s name and contact number
•Medications and a pet first aid kit
•Current photo of your pet along with their name, address and brief description
•Information on your pets feeding schedule, temperament/behaviour, medical concerns
•ID tags and Micro chip number
•List of boarding facilities, hotels that can accommodate pets
You should check the Kit twice a year and updated it as necessary. Ensure that there is always fresh water and food, medication and restock any items that may have been used from it.
Remember your ability to care for your pet during a time of emergency will depend on how well you have prepared for it. Take the time to create a Pet Emergency Survival Kit; it may just very well save your pets life one day.
The South Island Pets Team was formed in May of 2012 by Emergency Social Service (ESS) members from each of the 13 municipalities of Greater Victoria. Working together, they created resources and information to be used in a time of need. As time passed, they recognized the need for a formal “pets team” to assist in disaster emergency response for people’s beloved pets.
Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART)
The Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART) is dedicated to animal welfare through the preparation for and the actual rescue and shelter of domestic animals in a disaster.
Horse Council of B.C. (HCBC)
Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for Horse Owners
Your horses are your responsibility. In BC there is no designated government or disaster agency responsible for the evacuation, transportation and temporary stabling of horses during large scale incidents.
CARE – Coastal Animal Rescue & Education Network
CARE Network works to better the lives of animals along the west coast of Vancouver Island. We provide animal emergency response services, temporary foster care, transportation, spay/neuter and other immediate care for animals – domestic and wild.
Gabriola Pets and Livestock Services (PALS)
PALS focus is on animal welfare, especially in the aftermath of a disaster or widespread emergency. This includes establishing locations at ESS Reception Centres for pets and livestock. Experienced volunteers will receive any pets and livestock and move them into a shelter where they will be cared for and, if necessary, provide emergency animal first aid.
ESS PALS also provides education and training for:
- Preparedness for safeguarding your animals
- How to prepare a “Grab + Go” Kit
- Handling and care of traumatized animals
- Search and rescue