In addition to keeping yourself safe and healthy, we strongly advise anyone with a pet to include provisions for their pet in their preparedness plan. We encourage you to gather any member(s) of your household and walk through the following steps to ensure your animals will be well cared for in the event of an emergency.
- 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 become too ill or hospitalized with coronavirus, you will need someone to help take care of your pets. Check with a friend, family member, or neighbour who could care for your pet in case you have to be in the hospital, and have a backup just in case they get sick too. Even a groomer, daycare, or boarding facility may be able to help in your time of need with advance notice. Make sure your pet’s vaccines are current and keep copies of records handy in the event that boarding becomes necessary. Please talk directly with those people today so they’re prepared in case they’re called to action. If you are unable to find a temporary home for your pets, please contact the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County at (772) 388-3331 in advance to schedule an appointment for short-term boarding.
- 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, and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
- Medications and prescriptions, along with instructions
- Vaccination records
- Your veterinarian’s contact information
- Collar with ID tags (don’t forget to make sure their microchip info is up to date)
- A crate or carrier to transport your pet
- Daily care instructions
With your whole family on board and a plan in place, you’ll feel a bit better about your pet’s safety knowing they’re in good hands no matter what challenges may arise.
STAY UP TO DATE
From the Humane Society of Vero Beach Indian River County