National Animal Disaster Preparedness day

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In the event of an emergency, are you and your pet ready? Saturday, May 14th, is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.

The responsibility for shelters during a disaster stretches already overwhelmed staff and resources to the breaking point, as they are not just caring for shelter animals, but also pets that have become separated from their owners. Hill’s Disaster Relief Network is poised and ready to help at a moment’s notice so that they can ensure that all of the animals, though stressed and upset, have proper nutrition to keep them healthy until they can be reunited with their owners. Even the most prepared owners can get separated from their pet and it is important to have a plan in place that ensures the health and safety of your pet in times of crisis.

In the last three years, the Hill’s network has delivered free pet food to more than 60 different shelters and veterinary clinics across the country in response to 25 major incidents – including floods in Colorado, fires in Idaho and Arizona, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, the mudslide in Washington state and tornadoes in the central and southern regions of the country. In 2015, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network assisted with three incidents, including the severe tornado damage in Moore, Oklahoma.

Visit the Hill’s Pet Prepared landing page to learn more about how to prepare your entire family including your pet for an emergency.