LINCOLN, R.I. - June is National Pet Preparedness Month, so Amica Insurance is sharing some tips to help keep pets safe during an emergency.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, 65 percent of American households include at least one pet. Amica is sharing the following pet safety tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA):
- Get a rescue alert sticker: Make sure the sticker is visible to rescue workers, as it will alert them that there are pets inside your home. The sticker should include the type and number of pets, as well as the name and phone number of your veterinarian.
- Arrange a safe haven: In the event of an evacuation, have a safe place to take your pets, such as a kennel or animal shelter. Never leave pets behind, as they may become trapped or exposed to life-threatening hazards.
- Choose designated caregivers: When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to you. He or she should generally be home during the day and have access to your home. This person should also be familiar with your pet and understand the responsibility of caring for it.
- Prepare emergency supplies and traveling kits: Even if you think you may be gone for only a day, prepare as if you won't return for several weeks. Make sure pets are microchipped and wearing collars and updated ID tags. Also, store leashes and emergency kits (containing food, feeding dishes, toys, medicine, etc.) as close to an exit as possible.
- Use ASPCA resources: The ASPCA has a mobile app to show pet owners what to do in the event of an emergency. It also allows them to store medical records, and provides information on making life-saving decisions during emergencies.