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While no disaster can be planned for, the Red Cross suggests three steps to become prepared for a disaster:

  1. Get a Kit
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Be Informed

If it’s not safe for you to stay in your home during an emergency, then it is not safe for your animals, either. Make an evacuation plan for your pets, knowing that many hotels and shelters do not accept animal guests. Assemble a kit for your pet or include pet supplies in your own emergency kit, keeping in mind the following supplies:

  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that they can’t escape.
  • Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan and a manual can opener if you pet eats canned food.
  • Medications and copies of medical records stored in a waterproof container.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Current photos of you with your pet(s) in case they get lost. Since many pets look alike, this will help to eliminate mistaken identity and confusion.
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.
  • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.

More tips for pet preparedness in emergency are available from the Red Cross.

Pet First Aid Kit

Recommended supplies for your pet first aid kit.

Disaster Planning in Animal Facilities

Evacuation, sheltering, and Veterinary Care tips by Butler County Animal Response

Pet Preparedness Guidelines

Helpful hints for being prepared to deal with your pets during an emergency.

Heat Precautions For Your Pet

Tips to keep in mind and signs that your cat or dog has had enough sunshine.

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April 7th, 2024 in Carbon County: 2 DogsApril 2nd, 2024 in Somerset County: CART was requested to evacuate animals in danger due to rising floodwaters.March 24th, 2024 in Somerset County: CART was requested by PD to assist with an aggressive dog that had bitten its ownerMarch 24th, 2024 in Somerset County: CART was requested for a dog severely injured in a vehicle accidentMarch 9th, 2024 in Somerset County: CART was activated for a dog hit by a vehicleMarch 7th, 2024 in Somerset County: CART was requested by police to transport 2 litters of puppies to the Humane SocietyMarch 5th, 2024 in Somerset County: CART was requested by Humane Officer to assist him with a chicken stuck in a fenceMarch 2nd, 2024 in Somerset County: CART was called for a dog that had run away at Hidden Valley ResortApril 3rd, 2024 in Westmoreland County: On standby for opening an emergency shelter at local FD due to flooding.April 3rd, 2024 in Fayette County: Family and 1 dog displaced by mine subsidence- house condemned, so in need of Pet Care Kit.