Emergency Preparedness: caring for your pets

In Ontario, each of us is responsible for our own safety and survival during the first 72 hours of an emergency. The responsibility of caring for pets ultimately rests on the owner, including during an emergency. It’s important to develop and create a 72 hour Pet Emergency Survival Kit, much like we would for ourselves and our families.

Creating a Pet Emergency Survival Kit

  • 72 hour food supply, including bowls and a can opener
  • 72 hour water supply
  • Blankets/towels
  • Toys
  • Leash, muzzle, harness
  • Litter pan, litter, plastic bags and scooper
  • Pet carrier to allow for easy transport
  • Medical records, Veterinarian’s name and contact number
  • Medications and a pet first aid kit
  • Current photo of your pet along with their name, address and brief description
  • Information on your pets feeding schedule, temperament/behavior, medical concerns
  • ID tags and Micro chip number
  • Flashlight
  • List of boarding facilities, hotels that can accommodate pets

You should check the Kit twice a year and updated it as necessary. Ensure that there is always fresh water and food, medication and restock any items that may have been used from it.

Remember your ability to care for your pet during a time of emergency will depend on how well you have prepared for it. Take the time to create a Pet Emergency Survival Kit; it may just very well save your pets life one day.

Dog supply kit

  • Proof of Ownership
  • Identification tag
  • Emergency Contact List
  • Instructions for Diet
  • Instructions for Medications
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food
  • Treats
  • Water
  • Medications
  • Two non-spill dishes
  • Can Opener
  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Bedding material
  • Crate (appropriate size)
  • Toys
  • Paper towel
  • Garbage bags
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Proper cleaning supplies
  • Brush and comb

Cat supply kit

  • Proof of Ownership
  • Identification tag
  • Emergency Contact List
  • Instructions for Diet
  • Instructions for Medications
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food
  • Treats
  • Water
  • Medications
  • Two non-spill dishes
  • Can Opener
  • Litter pan and litter
  • Litter scoop
  • Bedding material
  • Crate (appropriate size)
  • Collar or harness and leash
  • Toys
  • Paper towel
  • Garbage bags
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Proper cleaning supplies
  • Brush and comb

Ferret / small animal supply kit

  • Proof of Ownership
  • Identification
  • Emergency Contact List
  • Instructions for feeding
  • Instructions for Medications
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food (Minimum 72 hours)
  • Water (Minimum 72 hours)
  • Medications
  • Two non-spill dishes
  • Bedding material
  • Extra blankets
  • Crate (appropriate size)
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • Proper cleaning supplies
  • One water dripper
  • Brush and comb
  • Litter pan and litter
  • Litter scoop
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight

Rabbit supply kit

  • Proof of Ownership
  • Identification on cage
  • Emergency contact list
  • Instructions for Feeding
  • Instructions for medications
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food
  • Treats
  • Water
  • Medication
  • One non-spill dish
  • One water dripper
  • Bedding material
  • Rabbit cage (appropriate size)
  • Extra blankets
  • Paper towel
  • Garbage bags
  • Flashlight
  • Litter pan and litter
  • Litter scoop
  • Batteries
  • Proper cleaning supplies

Amphibian supply kit

  • Proof of Ownership
  • Identification on cage
  • Emergency contact list
  • Instructions for feeding
  • Instructions for medications
  • Water tight plastic bags
  • Plastic containers with small ventilation holes for transportation
  • Paper towels
  • Moss
  • Container with extra water
  • Water
  • Food
  • Battery operated heating source
  • Extra batteries
  • Escape proof container to use during the evacuation

Courtesy of the Ontario SPCA