PETA: Safeguard your pet during severe weather | Pets
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As weather forecasters warn Arkansas residents to brace for even more severe thunderstorms, flooding, and possible tornadoes this week, PETA is offering important advice for ensuring the safety of companion animals should residents experience major storm damage or flooding and be forced to evacuate. Please alert your audience to the following information, which could help save the lives of cats, dogs, birds, and other companion animals who need to be included in tornado and other disaster preparation plans:
- If a tornado is expected in your area and you evacuate, never leave your animals behind. If the tornado is a threat to you, it's a threat to them. If you seek safety within your residence, be sure to include all your animals. If the storm causes flooding, never leave your animals outdoors, tied up, or confined in any way, as they will be trapped and unable to flee rising waters.
- Know your destination ahead of time. Although human shelters often refuse animals, motels in the area will probably accept dogs, cats, and other small animals in an emergency. Do not plan to leave animals unsupervised in a car; they can suffer from heatstroke once ambient temperatures rise above 70 degrees, even if water is provided and the windows are slightly open.
- Place small animals in secure carriers and keep dogs leashed. Frightening sounds and unfamiliar surroundings may make them bolt. Take water and food bowls, your animal's favorite toy or blanket, a towel, and enough food for at least a week.
- Have your animals microchipped, and put secure, legible ID tags on them.
- Watch for other animals in need, including strays and animals who are left behind by neighbors. If you see an animal in distress and are unable to help, note the animal's condition and location and call authorities for help as soon as possible.