(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) October 29, 2012—The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is urging pet owners to remember their pets when preparing for Hurricane Sandy. While large scale evacuations may not take place, the AVMF cautions that being confined to your home also requires preparation.
The AVMF offers the following advice:
- Should you have to evacuate, take your pets with you
- All pets should have a collar and tag or be identifiable through an up-to-date microchip or tattoo
- Have an ample supply of food, bottled water and any medications
- Keep a photo of your pet(s) and a physical description in case they become lost
Should you have to evacuate, remember to have on hand the following:
- A leash, collar and/or harness for each pet
- A collapsible cage for each pet that includes owner identification and proper bedding
- A litter pan for cats along with a scoop
- Food, water, medications and feeding bowls
- Veterinary records
- First aid kit
- Can opener
Pet owners should pre-identify an evacuation meeting site and can use www.myveterinarian.com
to find veterinary medical and boarding services that may be necessary in an emergency.
The AVMF sponsors the American Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMATs), which provide on the ground help in larger disasters and which have trained animal disaster response teams in states affected by this storm. Additional disaster preparedness materials can be found at the American Veterinary Medical Association website (www.avma.org
). To learn more about the disaster relief that the AVMF offers to veterinarians who provide medical services and care to animals affected by disasters, visit www.avmf.org
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The AVMF is the charitable arm of the AVMA. For nearly 50 years, the AVMF has been dedicated to embracing and advancing the well-being and medical care of animals. Charitable contributions and support to the Foundation help veterinarians help animals.