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Article ID:0000174891Updated on:2020年7月16日更新印刷ページ表示

Evacuating with Pets in an Emergency

Natural disasters and emergency situations happen suddenly and without warning, which means that pet owners are the only ones who can ensure the safety of their pets. What’s important is that you as a pet owner are safe, and in the event that you have to evacuate, you can do so safely with your pets.

As a general rule, it is your responsibility as a pet owner to care for, feed, and manage your pet and the space they are in while at an evacuation site.

Stay prepared so that you can evacuate with your pet safely and spend time in evacuation shelters comfortably without inconveniencing those around you.

Evacuating with pets

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In past natural disasters and emergencies, there were many cases of pets being separated from their owners, and not only does it require a lot of manpower and time to find and rescue these pets, there is also the chance that these pets could become injured, weakened, or even die while waiting to be rescued.

There are also concerns that pets that have not been spayed/neutered will reproduce, causing the number of strays to rise, which becomes a public safety and public sanitation issue.

Evacuating with your pet is not only helpful in preventing these concerns, but also essential from an animal protection standpoint and from the standpoints of protecting people from dangerous wild animals as well as conserving our living environment.

  • Please note that evacuating with your pet refers to the act of evacuating only; it does NOT mean taking care of pets in the same space as people in designated emergency evacuation shelters.

Pets allowed at evacuation shelters

As a general rule, pets that are allowed in evacuation shelters are pets who have evacuated with their owners from their homes, such as dogs, cats, and other small animals (hamsters, rabbits, birds, etc).

For-sale animals that are propery of pet shops/dealers and animals which are thought to be dangerous to people or other pets will not be allowed in evacuation shelters.

Note: seeing eye dogs, service dogs, and hearing assistance dogs (henceforth known as assistance dogs) as stipulated by the Act on Assistance Dogs for Physically Disabled Persons will be allowed in the same space as physically disabled evacuees who need them.

Pet training and health management

To avoid problems while in an evacuation site, be sure to keep your pets trained and healthy. Following the proper etiquette when taking care of a pet so that they do not cause problems for your neighbors is key to having your pets accepted at evacuation sites and spending time there safely and without worry.

Be sure to teach your pet not to bark without reason, get your pet used to being in pet carry cases or crates, and train them to interact with people in a friendly manner. Be mindful of their health and keep them clean; be sure they’re vaccinated and free of external parasites such as fleas.

Pet numbers and other considerationssituke

  • Consider the number of pets you can bring with you
    There is a limit to the number of pets that can evacuate with you; be sure you consider this and keep only the number of pets you can safely evacuate with.
    For families who already have multiple pets: if it seems like it will be difficult for you to evacuate with all of your pets, it is vitally important that you ask for help from your local community or pet community.
  • Keep cats indoors
    When cats are kept outdoors, they cannot be called home during an emergency, which means you cannot evacuate with them. Keeping cats indoors not only helps to protect the health and safety of your cats, but it’s also an important way to stay prepared for emergencies.

Pet IDs

  • You may get separated from your pets during emergency situations which happen suddenlymaigohuda.
    Be sure to keep a collar or something to identify your pet on them so that if they are rescued in an emergency, they can be returned to you.
  • Dog owners are required by law to keep license tags and rabies vaccination certificates on their dogs at all times under the Rabies Prevention Law.

 

Evacuation provisions and essential stocks for pets

bitikuhinnMake sure you keep a stock of essentials for your pets to stay prepared for the event of losses of critical infrastructures and emergency evacuations.

Evacuation shelters are prepared for human evacuees; provisions and essentials for your pet are your responsibility as a pet owner.

It may take time for relief aid to reach your evacuation shelter, so be sure you have at least 5 days worth of provisions.

Be sure you have options

Natural disasters and emergencies are a huge source of stress for pets.

To help cope with that stress, be sure to talk to relatives and friends about taking in your pets for a little while in the event of an emergency so that you have options if you need them.

Inquiries about this page

Animal Care Center, Health and Welfare Bureau
Tel: 082-243-6058 // Fax: 082-243-6276
Email: dobutsu@city.hiroshima.lg.jp


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