NEWS10 ABC practices plans for pets ahead of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

MENANDS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – If you have to evacuate your home, are you prepared? What about your pets? NEWS10 has suggestions of what you need to be ready.

Saturday is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society wants you and your pet to be ready in an emergency.

When it comes to emergency planning you’re encouraged to include your pets. On Friday NEWS10 spoke to Brad Shear, Executive Director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. You want people to think about your pets beforehand, including having an emergency kit which might include things you might not think about including a picture of you with your pet.

“It’s possible in an emergency to get separated from your pet, those pets could then show up at an animal shelter, and you want to be able to prove this pet belongs to you. And a picture is a good way to do that,” said Brad Shear.

You want a three-day supply of their medication and something to comfort them.

“You want to expect to be on your own for 24 – 72 hours and be able to feed your pet, get them water and make sure they have medication and possibly prescription foods,” Shear said. “While we might be able to help house your pet, we might not have special medication that your pet needs,” he continued.

The society has a regional approach in dealing with emergencies, including a mobile unit.

“This is the county animal response team’s trailer. This trailer has equipment and supplies for the care of about 100 animals. It is housed by the Albany County Sherriff’s Department, but responds to Albany, Rensselear and Schenectady counties. We can set up just about anywhere to care for pets in times of disaster,” said Shear.

The Mohawk Humane Society wants you to come to the shelter this weekend and check out the different displays, so you can figure out what you need to do to plan in an emergency, as well as see the animals that are up for adoption.

The CART – County Animal Response Team and MHHS’s role:

How to prepare for a disaster or other emergency with your pet. A list of things to have ready is here:

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