Hurricane Sandy and Your Companion Animals

Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF's Staff Writer on October 30, 2012

Dog left in rain by guardian.

Hurricane Sandy has hit the Eastern Atlantic states hard. ALDF is gravely concerned about the people affected by this storm. But animals are also victims in this devastating crisis. In times of disaster families may be forced to abandon beloved companion animals, as they did in Katrina, or animals are left to fend for themselves after their human companions are evacuated – or worse. Families that bring their animal companions may find that not all shelters can take animals, some shelters are full, and some are without power. In case of separation, ALDF wants to help make sure animals survive and reconnect with their human families.

A few things to keep in mind to help your companion animal:

  • Make sure animals have permanent identification, such as a microchip, and possibly a pet recovery service.
  • Store pet medicine, identification, health records, and other important papers in waterproof bags or containers.
  • In your travel plans, check lodgings for companion animal-friendly accommodations.
  • Carry a water-proof picture of you and your companion animal, which can help identify and prove ‘ownership’ in an emergency or after a separation.
  • Bring food for three days, as well as bedding, carriers, water bowls, and medication.
  • If forced to evacuate, do not leave your animal behind and please never leave an animal chained up.

Also, see ALDF’s resource, Responding to Disasters.

One thought on “Hurricane Sandy and Your Companion Animals

  1. Linda Steiner says:

    I thought a federal law was passed after Katrina requiring shelters to allow companion animals to accompany humans. Am I wrong?

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