Animals at Ground Zero
Heroes in all shapes, sizes, and breeds
Meet One of the Dog Teams
Pier 40: Heart of the Operation
The Four-Legged Heroes
Search & Rescue, Canine Style
Where Are They Now?
Pets in Peril
Diary of a K-9 Team
Preparing for Animal Care in a Disaster
If You’re an Animal Organization
A Snapshot of the E-mails
A Memorial Roster
Most people are not prepared to deal with emergencies that affect their animals. Here are a few quick pointers:
- Make sure all pets wear ID tags at all times. Include the phone number of a trusted friend or relative in another part of town.
- Keep a sturdy cat carrier for each of your cats.
- Have an evacuation plan, and make sure you have rehearsed it with your pets.
- Put “Fireman Alert” notices on your front and rear windows, indicating how many animals live in your home.
- Keep a good photo of each pet, along with a list of local shelters, rescue groups, and emergency veterinarians. Keep duplicates at home and somewhere else.
- Two tips when searching for lost pets: When they panic, dogs tend to run as far as they can; cats tend to run for cover to the nearest hiding place.
- At home, many injuries are caused by falling objects, toppling bookcases, etc. Chain-link fencing holds up better than block wall in the backyard. And frightened cats will jump through broken windows, but not so easily through aluminum mesh screening.
- After an earthquake, dogs can be terrified by aftershocks. If they’re used to car rides, try putting them in the car since they associate cars with being bumped around!