Every pet owner and pet business owner should have their own disaster preparedness guide. You never know when a natural (or manmade) disaster can strike and you need to have a plan to ensure that you know how to get your pets to a safe place.
If you own a pet sitting business – you will also need a plan to keep your clients pets safe in an emergency situation. You should have a documented plan on hand and your pet sitters should be familiar with it so that you can act quickly when you need to.
Having a plan that you can show your clients and advertise on your website will differentiate you from other pet sitting services and give them confidence in you.
You can pick up a free Pet Disaster Preparedness Guide from Diana Guerrero’s blog – ArkAnimals.com. All you need to do is sign up for her monthly newsletter using the sign up box at the top right of this page.
Here is a preview of the Animal Disaster Preparedness Guide Table of Contents:
About this Project
Expect the Unexpected
Examples: flooding, earthquake, fire
Animal Disaster Preparedness?
Are you Prepared?
The Beginning: Questions to Ask
The Next Step: More Questions & Action!
Does Your City/Town Have A Disaster Plan Program?
You Need an Evacuation Plan
Animal Rescue (Disaster) Kits
Do it Yourself Animal Disaster Kit (Dogs & Cats)
Avian Collections & Birds
Injured Bird Tips
Equine & Large Animals
Horse Kit Items
Importance of Horse Training
Livestock & Fire
Earthquake Warning Behavior from Animals
Cats, Dogs, Horses & Livestock, Birds
Post Disaster Animal Behavior
Cats, Dogs, Horses & Livestock
Post Disaster Problems
Always Take Your Animals With You!
Desensitization & Other Training
Appendix of Animal Behavior & Needs
Dog Emergency Care Sheet
Cat Emergency Care Sheet
Bird Emergency Care Sheet
Horse Emergency Care Sheet
Emergency Care Sheet for Sheep, Goats, Llamas
Cattle Emergency Care Sheet
Swine Emergency Care Sheet
Appendix of Historical Animal Behavior
Animal Behavior Precursors & Locations
Resources & Recommended Reading
Appendix of Animal Disaster Agencies, Training & Equipment
Disaster/Search & Rescue Dogs