Most of us are aware of the devastating wildfires in the surrounding area recently, but what many people don’t often think about is what they would do in a natural disaster such as a wildfire or flood. Being that our state is frequently victimized by wildfires, we need to ensure that we have personal disaster plans in place.
Being that a large percentage of people in Payson and the surrounding communities own companion animals, the Humane Society of Central Arizona would like to surface the topic of preparedness prior to an emergency occurring. A simple plan such as having an emergency bag packed with your pet’s necessities could be a savior during an emergency. When a disaster strikes, you really want to be prepared and run out the door, right?
When packing an emergency bag for your beloved pet, please ensure that you have enough kibble to last your pet at least five days. Make sure you also pack bowls for both water and food (collapsible travel pet bowls are fantastic for this situation). Be sure to throw in several bottles of fresh water to properly hydrate your pet during an emergency.
Another form of preparedness for your emergency plan is microchipping your pet prior to disaster striking. As we quickly learned from hurricane Katrina, many animals could not be identified by disaster relief responders after they went astray from their owners during the mass flooding. With no identification, there was little emergency responders could do to reunite lost pets with their owners. The bottom line is that a microchip and identification tags could save your pet’s life.
Another step in the emergency preparedness cycle is planning where you and your pet will stay when an emergency occurs. Do you have family members outside of town or a particular hotel that you could go to in the event of an evacuation? Whether it’s a family member’s house or familiar hotel, a “safe-house” or emergency shelter is something to think about prior to an emergency occurring. Please also remember that most public emergency shelters do not allow pets. This creates a tough situation for pet owners (as seen in hurricane Katrina). Making sure you and your pet have a safe place to stay is critical in times of crisis.
I hope this article sparked your interest and provided some insight on the emergency preparedness cycle. Remember, being prepared could make a difference in both your life and your pet’s life.
Now meet some of the animals currently available for adoption at the HSCAZ shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road. We’re open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (excluding holidays). For more information, call (928) 474-5590 or visit us online at www.humanesocietycentralaz .org.
Bubba Gump is a 1-year-old Boxer/Pit mix. He was surrendered to HSCAZ due to landlord issues. Bubba Gump is a great dog with a loving personality. This boy loves to play and is great with other dogs and children. He is very outgoing and needs plenty of exercise and attention. He is a social butterfly and makes friends with everyone he meets.
Fancy is a 3-year-old shorthaired female who came in as a stray. She is a sweet girl who gets along well with other cats. Fancy is pretty laid back and really only demands some attention and love from you. She is litter box trained and keeps a tidy area. If you are looking for a loving cat who will sit beside you while you relax, this is your cat.
Heathcliff is an adorable 3-year-old who was surrendered to HSCAZ when his owners moved. He gets along with other cats and really adores people. Heathcliff still likes to play around with cat toys and enjoys quiet naps in the sun. He is an easygoing guy who just wants a forever home to call his own.
Honey is a 9-month-old Shepherd/Catahoula mix. She and her siblings were found as strays in Pine. Though she has been here for several months, she has learned how to walk on a leash, is partially potty trained and even knows some basic commands. Honey will do best in an active household, preferably one with older children, or none. Since she is still young, she will need plenty of exercise, affection and a little more work with basic training.
Riley is a sweet 1-year-old Rottweiler mix. She was surrendered to HSCAZ because her owners were moving. She may be a little shy at first, but she warms up quickly once she realizes you want to give her some TLC. She gets along great with other dogs and has been around children. She is pretty active and likes to play.
Precious is a 1-year-old beauty. She was brought in as a stray and was pregnant at the time. All of her adorable kittens are currently available for adoption too. Precious is a special cat. She adores people, and is slowly getting used to other cats. She is very clean and tidy, and doesn’t ask for much. She loves to be petted, and people are her forte.