Foothills Animal Shelter is the evacuation site for pets within Jefferson County. We are here to help with emergency pet boarding when disaster strikes.
Here are a few precautionary tips to help make a crisis situation less stressful:
- Have a written evacuation plan (with a copy given to a family member, neighbor or friend). Include contact information for friends and family members that live outside of your immediate area.
- Make sure your pet always wears a collar with a pet license and an identification tag that will help your pet be returned to you if they ever go missing. Because you might need to evacuate your home, identifications tags should also list your cell phone number. It would also be a good idea to include a secondary cell phone number of a family member or friend. If this contact information ever changes, make sure to update the license record and ID tag immediately.
- Microchip your pet. This permanent form of identification is an excellent back-up if your pet’s collar and tags are removed or fall off. Click here to learn more.
- Research which hotels allow animals, and check to see which veterinary clinic, boarding kennel, and animal shelter could take your pet on a temporary basis. Keep this list with your other emergency items.
- Make a Pet Survival Kit. Keep the following items handy (in a bag or box that is easy to grab):
- A current photo of your pet and pet identification (such as pet adoption paperwork and microchip information) to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated—and to prove that they are yours once you’re reunited.
- 7 day’s worth of food, bottled water, treats and bowls.
- Veterinarian contact information, medical records, vaccination history and necessary medications.
- Written information about your pets’ feeding schedules, medical conditions, and behavior issues in case you have to board your pets.
- Pet first aid kit and handbook.
- Extra leash and collar (with extra ID tag).
- Toys to help reduce stress and a blanket for warmth and comfort.
- Crate with bedding.
- For cats, include a small litter box (that can fit in the crate), a bag of litter, scoop and garbage bags.
- Plan for your pet in case you’re not home.
- Before you leave town on a trip, tell your pet sitter about your evacuation plan and show them where your Pet Survival Kit is stored.
- Make arrangements well in advance for a trusted neighbor to take your pets and meet you at a specified location. Be sure the person is comfortable with your pets and your pets are familiar with him or her. Give your emergency caretaker a key to your home and show her or him where your pets are likely to be (or hide) and where your disaster supplies are kept.