Disaster Preparedness

Being prepared for any type of emergency or disaster, natural or man-made, is the one of best ways you can care for your pets or farm animals who depend on you. Make a plan for a variety of situations and disasters, such as floods, winter storms and power outages, forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, hazardous material leaks or dam failures. Disaster planning can also come in handy for any event that might cause you to be unexpectedly away from home, with or without your pets.  Planning and preparing sets you and your pets up for safety and success!

Remember that microchipping is an easy and inexpensive way to help boost the chances that you’ll find a lost pet. The GAHS offers microchips for only $20 for both cats and dogs! We also offer engraved tags at a low cost, for your pet’s collar.

COVID-19- read our latest organizational updates here. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you aren’t feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they’re most comfortable.

If you do become too ill to physically care for your pet or you need to be hospitalized, who can take over for you? Could someone else in your home provide care? If not, what about a neighbor, friend, coworker, or family member who could take them in or visit your home periodically? You may want to talk with a local groomer, pet daycare, or boarding facility to see if they can help with advance notice. The shelter should be a place of last-resort, as we will be needed to care for homeless animals and ones who have no other place to go.

The most important thing you can do today is come up with at least two potential pet plans and talk directly with the people involved so they are prepared to assist.

Prepare a Pet Supply Kit: It may not seem necessary today, but we promise it will be hugely helpful if you find yourself in an emergency situation without the ability to track down the proper supplies. If possible, your kit should include:

  • Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
  • Name and contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help
  • Food, treats, a leash, a couple of toys, bedding, litter box with litter, and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
  • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
  • Vaccination records
  • Photos and descriptions of each of your pets
  • Collar with ID tags (don’t forget to make sure their microchip info is up to date)
  • Medications and prescriptions, along with instructions
  • Daily care instructions
  • Your vet’s contact information

Check out this informational brochure from the Maine Emergency Management Agency: 

Preparing the Whole Family Pet Plan Brochure

Further information can found at these helpful links:

American Red Cross: Making a Plan for your Pets

Humane Society of the United States: Disaster Preparedness for Your Animals

ASPCA Disaster Preparedness

Red Rover Pet Disaster Preparedness Tips

Microchips save lives!