Disaster Planning for Pets

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The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA assists animals in the community during disasters. In fact, PHS is a first responder and lead agency, working closely with our eleven animal control contract cities to rescue animals and provide emergency housing and care for displaced animals.

When disaster strikes, it’s all hands on deck. Staff sets up temporary housing for pets at our facility. In the field, the Wiggle Waggle Wagon, a 35’ RV regularly used for mobile adoptions and wellness clinics, transforms into a command center and drop-off location for pets. Animal control officers are dispatched into the community to transport animals out of danger. We also work with emergency human shelters in our animal control contract cities to assist pet owners in getting housing for their pets.

Disasters can strike at any time. Be prepared! Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Pay attention to warnings and evacuation notices. Keep your pets inside with you.
  • Have an evacuation plan that includes your pets. Never leave your pets behind. Perform a family drill.
  • Make a list of pet-friendly hotels. Know where your local pet-friendly evacuation centers are located.
  • Make sure your pets have a tag and microchip that is current, so if they get lost they can be returned to you.
  • Create a pet emergency kit that you can grab when it’s time to go. At a minimum, it should include:
    • Pet first aid kit (ask your vet what to include or pick up one in the PHS Shelter Shop)
    • A week’s supply of food and water
    • Any medications your pet is currently taking, physical or digital copies of your pet’s medical records, and your pet’s license.
    • A crate or pet-safe carrier.
    • Leash, harness, and collar with ID tag.
    • Supplies like food bowls, litter, disposable litter pans, poop bags, bedding, toys, garbage bags, cleaning supplies, and a flashlight.
    • A list of care and feeding instructions in case you need to board your pets.
    • A photo of your pet in case they get lost.
  • Follow your local shelter and animal control social media pages to get up-to-date information on animal issues during a disaster.
  • If your pet does get lost, check your local animal shelter regularly. The Pasadena Humane Society updates its website with photos of animals every hour.

Remember, our animal control officers are available 24/7 to respond to emergencies in our animal control contract cities. If you need assistance, call 626.792.7151.