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Hopeful Henry: Get animals prepared for disaster

Please join us Saturday June 20th at the Y for the Wild Fire Safety Expo. Bring the family and learn how to prepare for fire. Meet me, Hopeful Henry, between noon and 1 p.m. and Smokey Bear between 1 and 3 p.m.

It’s not only important to prepare yourself for a fire disaster, but also to make sure your pets are ready, as well.

This is what you need to do to prepare your furry family members for a fire disaster.

Put the following documents in a waterproof bag. Pet emergency kits in waterproof bag are always available free-of-charge at the Lake Tahoe Humane Society office located at 884 Emerald Bay Road.

Include the name, address, phone numbers of pet owner; veterinarian name and phone number; health and rabies certificates (boarding facilities and emergency shelters require proof of current rabies, distemper, parvo and bordatella vaccinations); color photo of pets and description (in case you’re separated) plus a pet photo with a family member to prove your claim of a rescued pet; and medications with instructions.

Place the following items in a crate or carrier and store next to an exit or in garage: Crate or carrier sized for pet to stand up and turn around; collar and harness with current personal identification tag; short and long leashes; food and water bowls; bottled water for pets (dogs-one gallon per day for a 40-pound or larger dog, cats-one quart per day); food and can opener; favorite toys and chews; blanket and/or bed; litter and litter pan (a small aluminum baking pan fits in most cages) or pack a supply of puppy training pads, they can be used as a replacement to litter box just make sure you pack enough to change at least three times per day; pooper scooper and plastic bags; all surface cleaner-deodorizer and paper towels (container of Lysol wipes are great to also have on hand); grooming comb, brush and towels; First-Aid kit: gauze pads and roll, tape, bandages, 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, muzzle, tweezers, small blunt end scissors, cold pack, thermometer (cats and dogs normal temp range is 100-102.5 degrees F.) Box of Corn Starch (can be used to temporarily clot bleeding until you can get to a veterinarian).

Always remember to plan ahead for emergencies, have a plan to stay with family or friends. Never leave your pet behind. Worst case scenario, if you have to leave your pet behind, leave a weeks’ worth of food (dry) and fill your bathtub with water, as well as leaving bowls of water out and about. Leave a note (attached well with lots of tape) on the front door that animals are in the home or garage and immediately notify local county animal services for rescue from your home.

Let’s hope we will not ever have to use this advice, but please be prepared. Do this today. Do not wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow may be too late. Also know that the Lake Tahoe Humane Society has a Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) and that team works with the Red Cross in the event of a disaster to set up an emergency shelter for pets. Contact them at 530-542-2857. If you have any items to donate to the DART team, such as carriers or cages, those are always gratefully accepted.

Hope to see everyone at the Wildfire Safety Expo Saturday!

Hopeful Henry

Submit furry family members photos to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society’s Calendar/Card photo contest. Visit http://www.LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org and click on the calendar link, scroll to bottom of the page, fill out form and submit the photo. It a fun way to support Lake Tahoe Humane Society and help them help local animals in need. Submit questions or letters via email to AskHenry@LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org or by mail to P.O. Box PET South Lake Tahoe Calif. 96158. The Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA have a Facebook page so stop by and check it out at http://www.FaceBook.com/LakeTahoeHumaneSocietySPCA. Also become a Facebook friend of HopefulHenry at http://www.Facebook.com/Hopeful.Henry or follow us on Twitter @LtHumaneSociety.

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