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Looking after your pets in an emergency

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  1. Preparing for an emergency
  1. In an emergency

Preparing for an emergency

Fires, chemical spills, and any number of other emergencies might require you and your animals to have to evacuate your house. Make sure you (and they) are prepared.

Make a grab bag

This should be small enough for anyone to carry, stored in an accessible place, and contain all the items you would need if you had to leave your home in a hurry. You can find at full list of what to include at

Make sure to include pet specific items such as;

  • A leash or carrier for every animal (if these wont fit in the bag due to size, store them as close as possible)
  • Any medication required
  • Pet food
  • Vaccination certificates
  • Litter, paper towelling or bedding as required
  • Toys

Get a Rescue Alert Sticker

Rescue alert stickers notify responders that there are pets in your property in case an evacuation is ordered when you are not home and are available from a number of different retailers online. 

Microchip your animals

It’s now a legal requirement to microchip your dogs, but it’s also beneficial for cats and rabbits. In an emergency, strange sights, sounds and smells can cause your pet to become disoriented and lost. A microchip is the single best way to ensure you are reunited.

Find relatives you could stay with

If there are people outside your immediate area you could stay with, or who could look after your pets, get in contact prior to an incident.

Consider trustworthy neighbours

If you have a neighbour who you trust with a house key,  consider talking to them about rescuing your pets if you are out of the house when an evacuation order is issued. Take a mobile phone number so you can remind them.

Ensure your pets are vaccinated

Always keep your pets' vaccinations up to date. Not only does not doing so expose them to all sorts of biological hazards, it means the majority of animal boarding facilities won't accept them.

Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Resilience Team


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The Council House
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