Hill’s Pet Nutrition partners with Lawrence Humane Society to enhance family emergency planning
LAWRENCE, KS — May 11, 2017 — In recognition of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Lawrence Humane Society is joining Hill’s Pet Nutrition and its network of animal shelter partners to encourage pet parents to fully consider their pets in their emergency planning efforts.
In times of crisis, people are often told to leave their homes for a “short time,” only to find that they cannot return for days — or even weeks. As a result, community animal shelters, like the Lawrence Humane Society, can become overwhelmed with lost and separated pets following a disaster.
“It is so important to take time before disaster strikes to make sure you prepare an Emergency Go-Kit for every family member — including each pet,” said Kate Meghji, executive director for the Lawrence Humane Society.
“Being prepared is the best step families can take to ensure that they and their pets are ready to face an emergency,” said Joann Fuller, who oversees Hill’s Pet Nutrition Food, Shelter & Love® program. “Plus, knowing that a kit is packed and ready to go can put families at ease.”
Hill’s annual campaign is aimed at educating pet families on ways they can stay safer and be better prepared to survive a disaster. This year, Hill’s enlisted the help of the Lawrence Humane Society and other shelter partners in its Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program to help raise awareness on the importance of becoming pet prepared.
Lawrence Humane Society, together with Hill’s, suggests families build a Pet Emergency Go-Kit and store it with the rest of the family’s emergency preparations:
- Basic first aid supplies
- A 3-day supply of bottled water and the pet’s preferred food, held in a waterproof container
- Safety harness and leash
- Waste clean-up supplies
- Medications and a copy of the pet’s medical records
- List of veterinarians and local pet care organizations
- List of the pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues
- Comfort items, such as a blanket or favorite toy, to help keep the pet calm and comfortable
Through Sunday, May 14, residents can enter to win a Pet Emergency Go-Kit, provided by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, at the Lawrence Humane Society. Interested pet parents can enter by visiting the shelter and completing an entry form. A winner will be announced on Monday, May 15.
In addition to preparing a Pet Emergency Go-Kit, the Lawrence Humane Society and Hill’s Pet Nutrition recommend the following actions to help keep your pet safe in an emergency:
- Ensure your pet’s identification by using a microchip or collar ID tag, and make sure that your contact information is up-to-date. The Lawrence Humane Society offers low-cost microchipping ($25) and custom ID tags ($5) daily, no appointment needed.
- Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
- Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
- Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
- Carry a picture of your with your pet in the event of separation.
- If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.
The Hill’s Disaster Relief Network is positioned to respond quickly and supply pet food to communities in need. The first-of-its-kind network was established in 2013 as an extension of the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program, and the Lawrence Humane Society serves as one of the program’s partner shelters. Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® has provided more than $280 million worth of Hill’s® Science Diet® brand pet foods to over 1,000 shelters in the United States and helped more than 8 million pets find new homes.
In the past few years, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network delivered free food to shelters and veterinary clinics across the country in response to more than 40 major incidents, including floods, fires, tornadoes and a mudslide. The network responded to 16 emergencies across the United States in 2016, including the severe flooding in Louisiana, where it donated 75,000 pounds of free pet food.
Families looking to learn more about disaster preparedness and safety, as well as the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network, can visit HillsPet.com/PetPrepared. To request assistance during an emergency, shelters can contact DisasterRelief@hillspet.com.
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