Evacuation Preparations for Your Pets

Article Written by:
Glenn Nader, University of California Cooperative Extension, Yuba City, CA


Have pet carriers ready in case you need to evacuate. This will prevent the animals from escaping during evacuation by limiting their movement in the vehicle and when you arrive at the evacuation destination. Make sure you have a leash if your dog(s) are too large to fit in a pet carrier. Many shelters do not take pets, so make plans before …

Pet-friendly Shelters

“Pet-friendly” describes a human emergency shelter located in the same area or facility as an emergency shelter for pets. Typically, pet owners are allowed to care for their own animals.

Photo is complements of Andrea Booher/FEMA.

Pet-friendly shelters were created as a result of lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina. On October 6, 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS Act). According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the …

Natural Disasters … What about the Animals? Video Recordings

Video recordings from the Sept. 24, 2011, Human-Animal Bond conference at Kansas State University are now available HERE.

The conference focused on pets and natural disasters and included the following sessions:

  • Book Review of ”Zeitoun” (written by Dave Eggers) by Dr. Greg Eiselein
  • First Hand Account of Handling Animals Following Katrina by Dr. Joseph Taboada
  • Invisible Pet Owners – Lessons Learned from Katrina by Lisa Greenhill
  • Lessons Learned Following the Greensburg Tornado by Dr. Christen L. Skaer
  • Personal Experience