According to the Kansas KC Metro Animal Response Team, in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf, a large number of people failed to evacuate in time because they didn’t want to leave their pets. But there is an option for pet owners to keep their dog, cat or another animal safe if they prepare ahead of time.
Sherry Oswald and Carla Lewis run the Kansas KC Metro Animal Response Team. They understand pet owners have a difficult time choosing when to evacuate if it means leaving their beloved pets behind.
To help ease the burden for pet owners, they train volunteers and pet lovers on how to protect local pets in a time of need.
“We would help set up a temporary emergency shelter for the animals, provide medical care, food, water, and try to reunite the displaced pets with their owners,” said Oswald.
The response team said one thing pet owners can do is think ahead and prepare. Create a “Go bag” for your animal just in case severe weather strikes. This includes a picture of you and your pet, their toys and food.
“Having their bed or their blanket, or something that smells like home, is very important,” said Lewis.
Lewis and Oswald said having all of those items will make it easier to reunite you with your pet.