What’s in their kit?
Victoria Stilwell is Prepared
What are three specific items you plan to include (or have already included) in your dogs’ Ready kit?
I think most dog-lovers would agree with me in saying that we would do anything to keep our four-legged family members safe and healthy. In my dogs’ Ready kit, I of course have the basics like food and water, medications, ID tags and proof of vaccinations. In addition, I keep Sadie and Jasmine’s favorite treats and chew toys in the kit. These would come in handy to help keep their attention on me and distract them from a stressful situation. I also have a list of dog-friendly hotels in Georgia. If we are forced out of our home, we need to know where we can go.
Why do you think pet emergency preparedness is important?
Think of all the happiness and unconditional love your pet gives you. Making sure they are safe during an emergency is the least you can do in return. Some disaster situations might require you to leave your home, and if you haven’t identified an evacuation location that will accept your pet you could be faced with a very difficult decision. I want to make sure that if I have to leave my home that my dogs can go with me.
Have you or a loved one experienced an emergency where a Ready kit (for both people and pets) would have come in handy?
Yes! In January 2011 an ice storm brought the bustling city of Atlanta to a halt for several days. We were cooped up in our home, and I wish I had had more supplies for both my dogs and my family. It would have been a much more pleasant experience if I had stocked up on extra food, water, flashlights, blankets and treats. My high-energy dogs would have also been much happier and pre-occupied if I had stocked up on fun chew toys!