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Pet Owners: Prepare for Disaster

Ninety one percent of pet owners are not prepared for the next natural disaster, according…

  • June 1, 2018

Ninety one percent of pet owners are not prepared for the next natural disaster, according to the results of a survey conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital.

In advance of hurricane season, and in honor of FEMA’s National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 12, the Banfield Foundation has kicked off a disaster preparedness campaign to help pet owners prepare for the unexpected, yet inevitable.

Beginning May 10 through September 30, for every donation of $45 or more made at, the Banfield Foundation will thank donors with a pre-assembled pet disaster preparedness kit—and donate a kit to vulnerable pet owners in select high-risk states, up to 1,000 kits.

Disaster Kits for Pets and Their Humans

The kits include a waterproof bag containing critical supplies such as a blanket, treats, stress-relief products, water and food calculation charts, tips and checklists to help keep pets cared for in the event of a natural disaster.

All donations will support the Banfield Foundation’s Disaster Relief Grant program, which aids nonprofit animal organizations and local communities impacted by natural disasters.

In 2017, the Banfield Foundation provided a Disaster Relief Grant to Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) to unveil the university’s first custom, fully equipped veterinary medical unit.

As the largest and most deployed veterinary emergency response unit in the country, Texas A&M’s VET is a leader in emergency preparedness education. The 25-foot truck, which can be deployed anywhere in the U.S., expanded the Texas A&M VET’s medical-response capability in times of disaster.

The Banfield Foundation is also offering these tips:

  • Create a pet disaster preparedness kit that includes basic survival needs like three to seven days of food and water and two weeks’ worth of medications. Partner with your veterinarian to talk about emergency planning and discuss what to include in a kit for your pet based on their specific needs, such as important documents like medical and vaccination records, microchip and provider information, as well as photos of you with your pet in case of separation.
  • In the event of a natural disaster, never leave your pets behind—in vehicles, tethered or crated without you or a member of your family.
  • To help avoid having to make such a choice, identify and create a list of places to evacuate with your pets in preparation, such as pet-friendly hotels or boarding facilities, and include contact information and addresses for each. Also include contact information for your veterinarian, as well as emergency veterinarians in nearby cities in your kit.
  • Ensure your pets are microchipped. Banfield also found more than half of those surveyed do not have their pet microchipped. In addition to ensuring your pet is always wearing up-to-date identification tags, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping your pets – and ensure your account and contact information is kept current – to increase the likelihood of a reunion if your pet gets loose amidst chaos.

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