Humane Society reminds pet owners to prepare for emergencies

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The Utah Humane Society is reminding pet owners to prepares for emergencies and natural disasters amid the recent earthquakes to hit the Wasatch Front.

The organization says many evacuation centers may not accept pets, and typical local animal control services are at capacity during natural disasters. 

While individuals with service animals are guaranteed to be accommodated alongside their person, it doesn’t ensure care, food, or water during an evacuation. 

  • 7-days worth of bottled water for each pet.
  • 7-days worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food for each pet.
  • Pet feeding dishes and water bowls.
  • Extra collars and tags, harnesses and leashes for all pets.
  • Copies of pet medical and vaccination records.
  • A 2-week supply of medication and copy of any current prescriptions.
  • A recent photo of you with your pet.
  • A crate or traveling carrier large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around. Label the crate with your pet’s name, your name and contact information.
  • Disposable litter trays with litter for cats and extra cage liners for dogs.
  • Tools and supplies for sanitation and waste cleanup.
  • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include)

The Humane Society of Utah opened in 1960 is the largest open-admission private animal shelter in the state and allows any legally admittable animal to enter the shelter. 

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