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Pet preparedness

Is your dog ready for an emergency?

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Make sure your pet is ready to roll in an emergency!

Earthquakes. Fires. Blackouts and storms. When emergencies come, we need to be prepared—and so do our pets! As the Humane Society says, “If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets.” Be aware how to prepare.

  • Make an emergency plan for your pet.
  • Prepare a pet emergency kit.
  • Plan ahead for a pet-friendly place to shelter.

Pet preparedness links

For detailed tips on how to make sure your pet is ready for an emergency, check out these links!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This great site has info on how to make a plan, protect against illness when evacuating, and even some links to pet-friendly hotel websites.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Order a free pet alert sticker to put on your home so emergency personnel will know your pet is inside, and find out how to arrange care for a wide variety of pets, not just dogs.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA)

Learn about DART, spcaLA's Disaster Animal Response Team, which helps pets in disaster situations in the Los Angeles area and beyond.

Humane Society

Discover how to prepare for pets' needs before, during and after an emergency. The site also covers what to do in more common "emergencies," like when the power goes out.


This government-run pet preparedness site includes information on how to stay connected with government agencies during an emergency, and also gives tips on how to prepare pet emergency kits.

Red Cross

The Red Cross offers pet safety tips, instructions on how to make emergency kits and plans, and a link to a pet first aid app.

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