Protect Your Dog from Disaster

Plan Now to Protect Your Dog in a Natural Disaster

How to Protect Your Dog in the Case of a Natural Disaster

As a hurricane approaches land, residents are advised to evacuate. Many people, however, do not heed the warning-not because they want to risk their lives and be “thrill seekers,” but because they are worried about their dogs.

Most communities aren’t prepared to handle the evacuation of pets, and emergency shelters often won’t accept dogs unless they assist the disabled. If people can’t take their pets with them, they either have to risk their own lives by remaining with them during the disaster, or leave them behind.

And hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornados, and other natural disasters, can leave animals stranded, lost, injured, and in shock. The best thing you can do is plan ahead. These suggestions can help you keep your pet out of harm’s way or make sure you are reunited with your pet should you become separated.

Before Disaster Strikes

Threat of a Disaster

After a Disaster

The American Humane Association’s Animal Emergency Services

The American Humane Association’s Animal Emergency Services cares for animals during disasters and reunites them with their families, often working in collaboration with local animal welfare agencies; local, state, and national emergency response teams; and national relief organizations. Volunteer Animal Emergency Services responders are specially trained to provide for animal needs in crisis situations like wildfires, floods, hurricanes, and blizzards, as well as human-caused catastrophes, such as terrorist attacks. In recent years, the American Humane Association’s Animal Emergency Services has helped thousands of animals during devastating wildfires in California, Colorado, Arizona, and the Florida hurricanes.

About American Humane

Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the nation’s only organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Through a network of child and animal welfare and protection agencies and individuals, American Humane develops policies, legislation, curriculum, and trainings to protect children and animals from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The nonprofit membership organization, headquartered in Denver, raises awareness about The Link® between animal abuse and other forms of violence, as well as the benefits derived from the human and animal bond. American Humane’s regional office in Los Angeles is the authority behind the “No Animals Were Harmed…”® End Credit Disclaimer on TV and film productions, and American Humane’s office in Washington, DC, is an advocate for child- and animal-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels. Visit to learn more.

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