Get Your Free Rescue Alert Sticker
May is Animal Disaster Preparedness Month.
Stop by the Great Falls Animal Shelter to pick up a free rescue alert sticker. These stickers will let people know there are animals inside your home, in case of emergency.
Steps for Being Prepared
As Identified by ASPCA
• Rescue Alert Stickers – The sticker will let people know there are animals inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers and includes the type and number of animals.
• Identification for Pets – Be sure all your animals are licensed with the City, and have a name tag, microchip etc. with current contact info.
• Arrange a Safe Haven – It is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pet in case of emergency. Remember, not all Red Cross Disaster shelter will accept pets.
• Emergency Supplies & Traveling Kits – Clearly label the kit and keep it where everyone in the family knows where it is.
• Choose ‘Designated Caregivers’ – Find a friend, or neighbor that lives close to your residence and is trusted. They should be home most of the day, while you are at work. Provide them with a key to your home. Be sure they are familiar with your animals and have your current contact info.
• Evacuation Preparation – Always plan for the worst scenario and know you may be gone from your home longer than expected. Follow instructions from local and state officials.
• Geographic & Climate Considerations – Make specialized plans for the type of geographic area you live in. Prepared for earthquakes, snow, hurricanes etc. that may be common in your area.
Items for the Animal Emergency Kit
• Pet first-aid kit & guide book (ask your vet what to include)
• 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every 2 months)
• Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
• Litter or paper toweling
• Liquid dish soap & disinfectant
• Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
• Pet feeding dishes
• Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
• Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a 2 week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food & medications need to be rotated out to prevent from expiring)
• Bottled water, at least 7 days’ worth
• A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier
• Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
• Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated & need to make “lost” posters)
Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoopable litter
Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys & chew toys, cage liners