Keep your pets safe during an emergency
Be sure to make your pets a part of your emergency plan.
When planning for your pet, develop a buddy system with neighbours, friends, and relatives, so someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.
Take your pets when you evacuate
If you have to leave your home during an emergency, DO NOT leave your pet behind, even if you think you will only be away from your house for a few hours.
Once you leave your house, there will be no way to determine how long you will be kept out of the area, and you will not be able to return for your pets.
If you have an emergency pet sticker on your door, write "evacuated" with a permanent marker on your door sticker.
Make a pet emergency kit
Make sure you prepare a kit with enough supplies for your pet to last at least three days. Your kit should include:
- Vet and vaccination records in zip-locked bags
- Up to two weeks' worth of medication, if needed (check with your vet about proper storage)
- Pet first aid kit
- Extra collar and leash
- Blankets, toys, and treats
- Paper towels, disinfectant, and plastic bags for waste disposal
- Non-spill food and water bowls
- Cat litter
- Up to two weeks worth of food
The contents of your kit should be checked twice a year (when clocks change for daylight savings time). Food and water should be replaced every 2-3 months.
Get a licence for your dog
All dogs in the City of Vancouver are required to have a licence. When you buy or renew your dog licence, your pet's information will be entered into the Vancouver Animal Control's Emergency Pet Registry.
By having your dog included in the Emergency Pet Registry, emergency responders will know to look for your dog in the event of a disaster. This is especially important if you cannot get home to rescue your pet.