Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness

Preparing a disaster plan for your pet

Do you have a plan to protect your pet during a disaster or emergency?

The American Humane Rescue team is prepared to deploy any of our emergency vehicles at a moment’s notice to help animals in need, but we want to ensure that all pet owners are prepared, too. So be sure you are empowered with the knowledge and tools to keep you and your pets safe and build your own pet preparedness plan today.


Plan ahead to keep yourself, your family and your pets safe in case of disaster.


Disaster Preparedness Checklist

Here is our checklist so you can prepare an emergency kit and make sure you are ready to protect your pets when disaster strikes:

  1. Water, food and medications
    • Two week supply of food in cans or a waterproof, airtight container
    • Feeding instructions for each animal
    • Two week supply of water
    • Food and water dishes
    • Two week supply of medications and necessary medication instructions
  2. Documentation
    • Veterinary records (vaccinations, medical summary, rabies certificate/tag, medication prescriptions)
    • Registration information (proof of ownership or adoption records)
    • Microchip information
    • Recent photographs of each pet
    • Waterproof container for documents
  3. Supplies
    • Collar with contact information
    • Harness and/or leash
    • Pet first aid kit
    • Pet carrier and pet bedding
    • Familiar items (treats and toys to reduce stress)
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Litter-box and litter (cats)
    • Rescue alert sticker

Our first-responders are there when animals need them most

From natural disasters to animal cruelty investigations, we are on the front lines protecting animals in times of crisis.

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News & Updates

American Humane Provides Critical Tips to Keep Pets Safe in Summer Heat

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, July 21, 2022 — As dangerously high temperatures are plaguing the globe, American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, is issuing key tips to help keep your pets safe in the summer heat. Many parts of the United States are facing triple digit temperatures with no let up in sight, while Europe’s heat wave is…
July 21, 2022

Keep Your Pet Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

A heat wave is gripping the country, with more than 60 million Americans experiencing triple-digit heat over the next week.  But it’s not only us people who are sweltering under the sun’s seemingly relentless rays. Our animal friends are especially vulnerable to the dog days of summer, so please keep these safety tips in mind to help keep your pets…
Cory Gunkel / July 21, 2022

Thank you to our sponsors, Zoetis and Anheuser-Busch, that donate medications and supplies for our critical rescue deployments.