Does your emergency preparedness plan include your pets?

In the face of an unexpected emergency requiring evacuation or sheltering in place, readiness is key. The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, in partnership with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, want to remind you to have an emergency preparedness plan in place that includes your furry family members.  

Your plan should include a survival kit equipped with the essentials for the initial 72 hours. 

Some items to include in your pet’s emergency survival kit:  

72- hour food and water supply  
Blankets/towels, cleaning supplies, waste bags and a litter box  
Leash, muzzle, harness or collar    
Pet carrier for each animal   
Medications, medical records and your veterinarian’s name and contact number  
A pet first aid kit  
ID tags and microchip number   
Current photo of your pet along with their name, address and brief description, including unique markings that would help identify them  

For a full list of items to include, see ‘Promise to Prepare’ below.  

Store emergency kit supplies in a waterproof container that’s easily accessible and transportable, such as a sealable plastic bin. Remember to check and update your kit twice a year, replenishing any items that have been used. Keep it stocked with fresh water, food, medication, and other essentials for your family’s safety. 

Promise to Prepare 

Promise to Prepare by visiting and you’ll be entered in a draw to win a pet first aid kit and receive our free digital 72hr Emergency Preparedness Workbook outlining everything you need to include when assembling your pet’s survival kit.  

Prepare your evacuation plan 

Prioritize your pets:  

Ensure the safety of your pets by taking them with you when evacuating, provided it’s safe to do so. The Ontario SPCA emphasizes the importance of having a well-prepared evacuation plan in place. This plan should include arrangements for a secure location for your furry companion and a reliable method of transportation to safety. 

Explore evacuation options: 

Check with your municipality for information on evacuation centre locations and pet-related policies. Reach out to hotels and motels outside your immediate area to confirm their policies on accommodating animals during emergencies. Additionally, consider asking friends or relatives outside your vicinity if they could provide shelter for your pets during an emergency. 

Early evacuation: 

In the face of an imminent emergency, such as a tornado or other natural disasters, evacuate early. Avoid waiting for mandatory evacuation orders, which can complicate the process of evacuating with pets. Departing before conditions worsen not only ensures everyone’s safety but also helps reduce stress levels for both you and your pets. 

Don’t forget your survival kit:  

Remember to pack your survival kit to ensure you have all the essential supplies needed during evacuation.

As we observe Emergency Preparedness Week, now is the perfect time to prepare. Having an emergency preparedness plan that includes our companion animals is essential. So, let’s promise to prepare, explore evacuation options, and embrace early evacuation if necessary, knowing that we’ve done everything possible to protect our cherished furry family members.  

For more emergency planning resources, and to take the promise to prepare, visit 



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