Emergency Planning for Pet Owners

Preparations for Your Pet


Like people, pets need to be prepared for disasters. When you pack your own survival kit, please consider packing one for your pet(s) as well. The following are suggested items for inclusion:
  • A basic feeding and medication schedule
  • A copy of all current vaccination and health records, license numbers and microchip numbers (Store photo and records in a plastic bag or other waterproof container.)
  • A cotton sheet to place over the carrier. Hint: This calms pets and makes them feel more secure.
  • A current color photograph of your pet, to assist in locating your pet should you become separated
  • A first aid kit to care for your pet. Contact your veterinarian to determine what items should be placed in the kit
  • A leash and harness
  • A manual can opener
  • A secure pet carrier or cage. Hint: a luggage carrier can be used to wheel the pet carrier around
  • A two week supply of water and food, along with bowls
  • Medication for your pet, if needed
  • Plastic bags and paper towels for cleaning up messes

Helpful Tips


  • Always keep your pet(s) tagged and on a leash or in a secure carrier.
  • Ask animal shelters in your area whether they provide temporary care for pets in the event of an emergency.
  • Be mindful larger animals may require more planning.
  • Contact friends or relatives and ask if they would be willing to care for you and your pet(s) should an emergency occur. Ask if they would take your pet to safety if you were away from home.
  • Contact your vet, groomer or regular boarding facility and inquire if they provide shelter care for animals during times of emergencies or disasters. Ask to be included on any reservation list.
  • Don’t leave your pet(s) behind during a disaster! If forced to evacuate, make sure there is a place for your pets to go. Pets left behind may be injured or lost.
  • Keep all vaccinations up to date. License your pet and have a microchip put in them. (For more information call the Bowie Animal Control Division at 301-809-3002).
  • Keep your pet(s) in a carrier for the duration of the disaster. This makes the pets feel safer and more secure.
  • Make a written disaster plan and be sure to include provisions for both you and your pets and appropriate evacuation sites.
  • Make plans now for your pet(s) should a disaster occur.

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