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October 31, 2012

Humane Society International Urges East Coast Residents to Take Pets with Them Should Evacuation Occur

Humane Society International/India

  • Your pets rely on you for safety. © Michael Pettigrew/iStockphoto

CHENNAI/HYDERABAD/VISAKHAPATNAM, India— Humane Society International reminds residents of coastal Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to take their pets with them if they are told to evacuate. A deep depression that lay centered between Chennai and Nagapattinam is expected to turn into a cyclone. According to news reports, costal districts of Andhra Pradesh have been put on high alert.

"It is crucial that residents are prepared to take pets with them when evacuating in the face of potentially destructive flooding," advised N.G. Jayasimha, director for HSI India. "If it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets."

Pet owners should have an emergency plan that includes the safety of their animals, and stay up to date about the potential for evacuation in their area. Pet owners should also have a pet emergency supply kit on hand at all times.

This emergency supply kit should include:

  • Three-or-more-day supply of food in an airtight, waterproof container, and drinking water
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings
  • Medications, vaccination records and pet first aid supplies
  • Comfort items such as a toy and blanket
  • Small garbage bags
  • For dogs include: leash, harness and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area
  • For cats include: litter and litter box and a sturdy carrier large enough for transport 

Additional information on disaster preparedness for farm animals can be found here.

For more tips on preparedness plans that include your pets, visit here.


Media Contact: N.G.Jayasimha, ngjayasimha@hsi.org

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organizations—backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. On the Web at hsi.org

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