People and Pets


Caring For Pets

Don’t allow your pets to roam loose after a disaster. Familiar landmarks and smells might be gone. Pets can easily get lost.

While you assess the damage, keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers inside the house. If your house is damaged, pets could escape and become lost. Pets should wear collars with tags that have your name, address, and cell phone number (in case land phone lines are not working).

Check your pets for injuries, and treat minor injuries with your home first-aid kit. Provide ample food and water for your pets. Contain them in a safe area.

Be patient with your pets after a disaster. Try to get them back into their normal routine as soon as possible, and don’t be surprised if they have behavioral problems as a result of the stressful situation. As soon as possible after the disaster, have your pets examined by a veterinarian. Discuss with the veterinarian any behavioral problems that persist

To look for lost and found pets, call your local animal shelter. You can also register with lost and found websites.

To report an animal needing rescue, call your county’s emergency management department.

Used by permission of Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service.

This document is part of a larger publication titled Emergency Handbook: Preparation and Recovery (ACES-2168).

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