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Preparing Makes Sense for Pet Owners

 

When disasters occur both people and animals are affected. Surviving an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done before the disaster or emergency occurs. Therefore, it is important to develop plans in advance. If you have to evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets usually cannot survive disasters on their own. Furthermore, pets that are not evacuated with their owners may become lost or be difficult to find after you return. Keep in mind, some animals may not be allowed inside human shelters; therefore, plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. Consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.

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