Disaster Preparedness & Relief

AVMF urges preparedness for pet owners in hurricane’s path

Monday, October 29, 2012 - By: Rupa Brosseau

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October 28, 2012 -- The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is urging pet owners to remember their pets when preparing for Hurricane Sandy.  While large scale evacuations may not take place, the AVMF cautions that being confined to your home also requires preparation. 

The AVMF offers the following advice:
• Should you have to evacuate, take your pets with you, 
• All pets should have a collar and tag or be identifiable through an up-to-date microchip or tattoo,
• Have an ample supply of food, bottled water and any medications,
• Keep a photo of your pet(s) and a physical description in case they become lost.

Should you have to evacuate, remember to have on hand the following:
• A leash, collar and/or harness for each pet,
• A collapsible cage for each pet that includes owner identification and proper bedding,
• A litter pan for cats along with a scoop,
• Food, water, medications and feeding bowls,
• Veterinary records,
• First aid kit,
• And don’t forget a can opener.

Pet owners should pre-identify an evacuation meeting site and can use MyVeterinarian.com to find veterinary medical and boarding services that may be necessary in an emergency.

The AVMF sponsors the AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT) program, which is available to provide trained veterinary responders to states affected by this storm.  Additional disaster preparedness materials can be found at the American Veterinary Medical Association website.

If you want to know more about the disaster relief that the AVMF offers to veterinarians who provide medical services and care to animals affected by disasters or to donate visit us today. 

The AVMF is the charitable arm of the AVMA.  For nearly 50 years, the AVMF has been dedicated to embracing and advancing the well-being and medical care of animals.   Charitable contributions and support to the Foundation help veterinarians help animals.

The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 82,500 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.