September is Disaster Preparedness Month

September is Disaster Preparedness Month!

The Harvey and Irma Hurricanes are yet another good reminder to have an emergency plan in place.  Even though we are in California and don’t get hurricanes, we still have to contend with earthquakes and fires that can suddenly impact our lives without notice.  For the most part the National Weather Service is able to predict when a hurricane will hit land, but predicting earthquakes and fires is nearly impossible.

It has been hard to watch the news, and read the online news reports of the number of stray animals that have been found after the Harvey and Irma Hurricanes.  It is hard to say whether or not an emergency plan would have prevented some of the lost animals from going missing, but it should be a good enough reason for pet owners to have one in place.  That is a part of being a pet parent because our pets are not able to fend for themselves long term.

If you do not have a plan in place, the ASPCA has a great article to help get you started:  https://www.aspca.org/news/disaster-preparedness-month-take-three-actions-protect-your-pets

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Hurricane Harvey Donations

Photo credit: cnn.com

If you have been watching the news lately, you might have seen the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has caused in Texas and parts of Louisiana.  Every day the news media shares new photos and information on the lives that have been affected by this natural disaster.

It is amazing how many people would not leave their homes without their pets.  Some people did not have the luxury of taking their pets for many reasons, and they called upon any help to return to their residences to save their pets.

One of the rescue groups that has helped so many pets was the Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) pet rescue group.  APA! immediately jumped into action by opening their doors to incoming stray and lost pets, and provided rescue mission efforts by going in small boats to flooded residential areas to save stranded and missing pets.

We supported a fellow animal rescuer in making a donation to her fundraising campaign for the APA! rescue group, which is also a 501c3 nonprofit organization so donations are tax deductible.

We would like to ask for your support in making a donation to the campaign as well.  You don’t need to send a $25,000 donation like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson!  No amount is ever too small and every $1 helps.  If you can’t donate, then would you please share this fundraising campaign?  The Texas pets thank you!

Click here to make a donation:  https://www.facebook.com/donate/336404263473115/

Are you and your pets prepared to handle an emergency?

With all of the devastation happening from the fires in California to the flooding in Louisiana, it is a sad reminder that an emergency plan is a necessity.

Even for myself, I had a gas leak inside of my home and had to immediately remove my pets from inside of our home while we waited for the utility company to respond.

If you are not ready, here is a checklist to help you get started:

http://thedailyworld.com/news/local/disaster-emergency-plans-include-your-pets

Thank you Miss Wilson for the donation for the shelter cats!

Cat sitting by PetWatch 916These past couple of days I have had a great time visiting with one of my favorite kitties, Miss Wilson.

Miss Wilson also decided that she wanted to give her bed and a play tunnel to the shelter cats, and asked me if I could take it to the shelter so the cats can have something nice.  Of course I said yes!!!  Thank you Miss Wilson for being so kind and sharing with those in need.

Miss Wilson was also once a shelter cat, and she knows how life can be in there.  It’s the little things like a cozy bed, toys, or even a piece of equipment to play on, that can help the shelter animals pass the time while they are waiting for their forever family to come adopt them.

Shelter Volunteer by PetWatch 916If you’re still doing some spring cleaning and want to get rid of any towels, blankets or bedding, please contact me and I would more than happy to pick them up from you to take to the shelter.

I know the towels may sound a little silly, but the Animal Control Officers actually use them in field when picking up injured animals.

The blankets and other bedding are used so the animals have something to sleep on other than the concrete floor.

The shelter also takes dog houses and portable animal crates for the animals in foster care .  The pet food pantry is always in need of dog and cat food too.   If you have something you think the shelter could use, don’t hesitate to ask me.

Thank you again to Miss Wilson for the gift, it will be put to good use.

Kristina