The family pet is an important and loving part of your household. Like family members, pets are also affected by emergencies. When building your family emergency plan, do not forget to include pet needs and remember to create a pet emergency survival kit, just as you would other members of your family. A little advance planning means your pet will also be cared for during an emergency.

Key things to consider for your pet

  • Find out about your municipality’s evacuation centre locations and related pet policies.
  • Make photocopies of important veterinary documents such as vaccination records, to store in your pet survival kit.
  • Contact the hotels and motels outside your immediate area to check on their policy on accepting pets during an emergency. Be sure to ask if they have restrictions on the number, size and type of pet.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would shelter your pet(s) in an emergency.
  • Include your pet in any local or family emergency drills and exercises.
  • Consider setting up a buddy system with your neighbour so they will take care of your pet if you are not home in the event of an emergency.