It’s Pet Fire Safety Day |

It’s Pet Fire Safety Day

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 a waterproof bag are always available free of charge at the Lake Tahoe Humane Society office located at 884 Emerald Bay Road.)

— Name, address and phone numbers of pet owner

— Veterinarian’s 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

— 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 tag

— Short and long Leashes

— Food and water bowls

— Bottled water for pets (one gallon per day for a 40-plus pound dog, one quart per day for cats)

— 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 a litter box, just make sure you pack enough to change at least three times a day.

— Pooper scooper and plastic bags for disposal of poop

— All-surface cleaner-deodorizer and paper towels (A container of Lysol wipes is also great to 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 temperature range is 100-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit), 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. In the worst-case scenario, if you have to leave your pet behind, leave one week worth of dry food out 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 to warn responders that animals are in the home or garage. Immediately notify county animal services of rescue need 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 might be too late. Also know that the Lake Tahoe Humane Society has a Disaster Animal Response Team (D.A.R.T) and works with the Red Cross in the event of a disaster to set up an emergency shelter for pets. You can always contact them at 530-542-2857 for any questions regarding how to prepare for any disaster with your pets. Or if you have any items to donate to the D.A.R.T team, such as carriers or cages, they are always gratefully accepted.

Hope to see everyone getting prepared for fire.

Hopeful Henry

It’s time again to submit your furry family member’s photos to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society’s calendar/card photo contest. Just go to their website, and click on the calendar link, scroll to the bottom of the page, fill out the form and submit your picture. It’s a fun way to support our Lake Tahoe Humane Society and help them help local animals in need.

You can submit your questions or letters via email to or by mail to P.O. Box PET South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 96158. The Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A. now has a FaceBook page, so stop by and check it out at You can also become a Facebook friend of Hopeful Henry at or follow us on Twitter @LtHumaneSociety.

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