This post is sponsored by Hill’s Food, Shelter, & Love? Initiative and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping Promote National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, but we only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.
If you’re a regular reader here, then you know my family is a total pet family. Our pets are a huge part of our lives and we love them unconditionally. Oddly enough, the cat even gets along with the dogs!
But regardless of how much we love them and how well they’re taken care of, I have to admit that I’m not prepared for a disaster when it comes to them. Honestly, I never really gave it much thought until I started working on this project. Did you know that you should have enough food to last your pets 1-2 weeks?
Secure Your Pet’s Safety in an Emergency
Hill’s Pet Nutrition has suggested 7 things to help secure your pet’s safety in an emergency:
- Make sure your pet has a microchip or at the very least a collar with your current contact information.
- Put a pet rescue decal on a front window of your house so emergency personnel know there are animals in the home.
- Stay familiar with your pet’s hiding places so hat you can quickly find them if you have to evacuate the house.
- Have a place in mind to go to if you have to leave home. This place should be pet friendly so that you won’t have to be separated.
- Keep a photo of your pet with you. That way you can show people in case you are separated.
- Take a pet carrier or crate so you can easily transport your pet and/or keep them safe inside.
- Have a pet emergency kit that includes a 3 day supply of food, bottled water, first aid supplies, leash, doggy-do bags, medications, comfort toys and a blanket. It’s a good idea to have a paper with veterinarian and pet care organization contact info, a feeding routine and any behavioral issues that your pet may have.
When Disaster Strikes
Animal shelters can become extremely overwhelmed when disaster strikes because they may have to care for more than the animals currently at the shelter, like pets that have been separated from their families.?Hill’s Food Shelter & Love program was created to help in these situations at a?moment’s notice. When disaster strikes an area, the?Hill’s Disaster Relief Network?responds with shipments of pet food to help relive a shelter’s diminishing supply.
Established in 2013, the?Hill’s Disaster Relief Network has responded to 25 major incidents including floods, fires, tornadoes and more. Through their initiative, they provided free food to over 60 shelters and veterinary clinics across the country during disastrous times. That’s pretty amazing!
The four pillars of?Hill’s Food Shelter & Love?program are Volunteer, Donate, Choose and Adopt. Since the program started, they’ve been able to donate $280 million worth of food to nearly 1,000 shelters. They’ve also helped over 8 million pets find new homes – amazing!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hill’s? Pet Nutrition, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.