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Animal emergencies create danger for animals and their owners. Lack of preparation leads to unnecessary tragedy, human injury, and economic loss. Pets are the Number One reason people return to their homes before local authorities have declared it safe to do so, risking lives in the effort to save beloved pets. Pennsylvania is home to millions of agricultural and domestic animals. SART encourages all pet owners to evacuate with their animals to prevent endangering human and animal lives. By remembering to include your pets as part of your family's emergency evacuation plan, you can avoid those last minute decisions that could endanger the safety of your family and pets.

Sound animal disaster preparedness planning should encompass:

    • One week's emergency rations and water

    • Identification tags, leg bands or tattoos

    • Pet first aid kits

    • Current photos of your animals filed with your important papers

Pet Friendly Travel Arrangements
Web site that helps visitors find pet-friendly lodging, pet sitting and other related pet ravel services and information. The article section has travel tip information, pet-friendly locales and events, as well as health tips.

Pet Preparedness
Don't forget your four-legged friends when preparing for an emergency. This guide contains helpful hints for being prepared to deal with your pets during an emergency.

Heat Precautions for Your Pet 2014.pdf
Information you need to know about your pets and excessive heat.

PASART Pet First Aid Kit Recommendations Updated July 2012.pdf
A great resource listing of the items that should go into a first aid kit for your pets.

Authorization for Release of Pet Medical Information
Signed document that servers as an authorization for a veterinarian to release pet medical records to designated individual(s).

HSUS Pet Preparedness Test
Are you ready for a disaster?

Caged Animals - In case of Emergency/Disaster
Written by Crawford CART

Pot Belly Pig Care Guide
Lehigh CART

Pet First Aid handout June 2014.pdf
PDF Document containing the slides from a Pet First Aid presentation file


FEMA Pet Preparedness Initiative and Toolkit-February 2014 
PDF Document containing FEMA Region III Pet Preparedness Information for the public and Animal Disaster Responders


Keep Pets Safe During Winter Weather

PASART recommends the following to protect pets during the winter months:


  • Never leave puppies, smaller dogs, older dogs or cats outdoors when the temperature falls below 40 degrees.

  • If your dog or cat stays outside much of the time in the winter be certain that they have a proper shelter raised several inches off the ground with a flap over the entry. Keep a fresh blanket, cedar shavings or straw to keep the pet warm. The shelter should be large enough so your pet can sit and stand, but small enough so his body heat will be retained in the house.

  • Use a plastic water bowl to ensure your pet’s tongue does not get stuck to cold metal, and change the water often to keep it from freezing.

  • Be sure to keep older or arthritic pets inside. Escort the older dog outside for toileting and use a leash if the yard has ice or snow. Older dogs can easily fall and seriously injure themselves.

  • Be alert for signs of frostbite and injury. Dogs’ ears, paws and tails are especially susceptible and if you suspect it contact your veterinarian. If your dog plays on ice or hard, frozen dirt, check his paws for cuts and always wipe his feet after a walk in the snow to remove ice balls and salt deposits.

  • Use only pet-safe ice melt.

  • Always be alert for signs of hypothermia such as shivering, lethargy, low heart rate and unresponsiveness.

  • Never leave your dog inside a parked car -- during the winter it can act as an icebox and trap cold air inside.


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