Have you made plans for your pets in case of a natural disaster?
If there's a fire in your home, will the fire department know there are pets inside?
If you have to evacuate due to flood, power outage or other disaster, do you have a place for your pets to go?
Most of us would probably answer no to the above questions. Many of us, according to studies done by the Ohio State University, also say we would refuse to evacuate without our pets (28% of pet owners surveyed said they would ignore nuclear attack evacuation orders if they were told to leave their pets behind!).
The Humane Society of North Central Iowa is working in conjunction with Webster County's CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) to develop a plan to care for our community's pets in case of a disaster. We want to make sure that no one chooses not to evacuate because they can't take their pets, and, of course, we want everyone's pets to be safe.
The Humane Society has emergency check lists, advice, and stickers you can place on your home's doors letting potential rescuers know there are pets inside.
Check the links on the top right hand side of this page, or stop out to the shelter for your personal disaster kit. We're also recruiting rescue volunteers and will provide a number of training opportunities over the next few months.
With the current potential for serious flooding this spring, this is a project that can't afford to wait. Watch this website and local media for more information.
If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to call us at (515) 955-8343, or visit our Contact Page.
Pets in Disasters Kit
Download these documents get you and your pets ready for the instance of a disaster.
Pet Recovery Residence Form
Pet Go Kit