As a child I was enrolled in the Girl Guides of Canada for many years and one of their motto’s is “Be Prepared”. It’s something I live by to this day as you never know what life or mother nature may bring; house fire, hurricane, power outage, flood, flat tire…the list is endless! Due to a recent house fire not very far from our own house in Fort McMurray that ended up taking the life of a beloved pet, we got to thinking “How can we enlighten & inspire people with pets to be prepared”
What are some things you that can make you “prepared”?
1) IDENTIFICATION – Make sure your pet it wearing a collar at all times. A tag attached to collar with a name & contact number on it is important in-case your pet decides to escape. These can be purchased at so many places as well as ordered online. Rolo’s we purchased at PetSmart.
2) SUPPLY KIT – This kit should have enough items in it to last 72 hours, including:
- Water & food dish
- Leash, harness, collar
- Sweater (short-haired animal)
- Toys (to keep them occupied)
- Cat or Dog food (enough for at least three days)
- Water (enough for at least three days)
- Dog and/or cat carrier(s)
- Cat litter box/litter
3) DOOR SIGNAGE – Here is a photo of a self adhesive door sign we got at an event. Try calling a local veterinarian office or even maybe the fire department to see if they have something similar. You could also look online as there is endless possibilities there. You can always make your own as well, it’s as simple as a laminated piece of paper taped to your doors letting emergency authorities know that They are animals inside. In-case of a fire, floor, tornado or any other event.
4) SECURITY SYSTEM – Did you know that nowadays there are some high tech security systems out on the market! For instance one of the systems texts your cellphone when every door is open/closed, when the temperature changes and it also alerts you if an alarm goes off including carbon dioxide, fire, glass break or door opened without password. This system also calls the proper authorities when one of the alarm goes off.
5) FIRST AID KIT – You see Rolo holding his pocket Pet First Aid Kit from Walks’n’Wags manufactured by RC Pet Products. It’s perfect to bring along on an outing, walk, camping trip or to keep in your supply kit. It also comes with a Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid Manual offers easy to follow instructions. You can purchase various sized pet first aid kits as well as other items here: http://www.walksnwags.com/cgi-bin/online/storepro.php
Want to take a Walks’n’Wags Pet First Aid Course?
Check out their course dates: http://www.walksnwags.com/firstaiddates.php
6) WALLET PAPER – I seen someone post online a while back regarding this idea. Its Genius! What if you were to get into a car accident and couldn’t talk to let people know that you have pets in your care. If I was living alone, no one would know that Rolo needs important medication twice a day. I created a Confessions of a Rescue Mom version of an Animal Alert Card.
Feel free to use this!
Click on the photo, Right Click, Save, Print, Fill it in and put it in your wallet.
We hope you take these items into account when creating your version of how you can be prepared. Share you ideas with us below, we would love to hear them!
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