Disaster Planning

We must be prepared for disasters of all kinds because they are going to happen. Whether the disaster is man-made or natural—earthquakes or wildfires, tornadoes or hurricanes, floods or automobile accidents—disasters happen. We must be prepared to take care of ourselves, at least for a few days, because we cannot count on someone else to be there for us.

This is especially true of pet owners. Most shelters do not accept pets, and some rescue organizations will not allow pets on their boats, helicopters, or buses. It is imperative that dog owners make plans to keep their dogs safe in an emergency. That means making plans ahead of time and being willing and able to follow through when an emergency happens.

Know where you will go. Have the names, addresses, and phone numbers of motels that accept pets, or campgrounds, and have the phone numbers of friends and relatives that might allow you and your pets to stay with them. Make sure you have your veterinarian's phone number on hand, too.

To prepare, keep your dog's first-aid kit well stocked. In addition, make up a disaster kit. This can be one for all your pets, or can be combined with one for your family. A trash can with a locking lid works well. In it, have a blanket or two, food and water bowls, canned food (which has a long shelf life), a can opener, extra leashes and collars with identification, and several gallon jugs of water. Throw in a couple of old towels and some grooming tools. If your dog is on any medication, have some of this in the kit, too, and rotate it often so the medication doesn't expire. Have this kit easily accessible so that if you are called to evacuate, you can grab it quickly. Or better yet, have two kits: one in the house and one in your car.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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