Emergency Planning for Pets
What to do
Before an emergency
- Put together a pet emergency survival kit.
- Complete a pet record (PDF) for each pet and store it in your emergency kit.
- Ensure pets are microchipped.
- Make a list of pet-friendly places:
- veterinary facilities
- hotels and motels
- Find out which hotels allow pets in emergencies.
During an emergency
- When warnings of an emergency are issued, take pets and their completed pet record (PDF) to an emergency shelter.
- If a pet is left behind at your home:
- close and lock all doors and windows, leave extra bowls of food and water, and ensure the toilet lid is up with the bathroom door wedged open.
- advise Animal Services by calling 905-832-2281 or an emergency shelter worker.
After an emergency
- When returning home, give pets time to settle back into their routines.
- Leash pets when they go outside – familiar landmarks and smells might be gone and pets can get disorientated and lost.
- The temperament of pets may change after an emergency, watch them closely – a once friendly animal can become aggressive or defensive.
What to know
- Service animals are permitted in the living space of an emergency shelter.
- Pets can be housed at the emergency shelter or the animal shelter.
- Pet safety is the owner’s responsibility before, during and after an emergency.
- Pets left alone can become victims of exposure, starvation, predators or contaminated food and water.
- Pets left inside the home may escape through damaged areas, such as broken windows.
Pet emergency 72-hour survival kit
- Blankets, towels and newspaper
- Current photo of pet to prove ownership and in case they get lost
- Food, bowls and can opener
- Information on pet’s feeding schedule, special instructions or concerns
- Leash, muzzle and harness
- List of possible boarding facilities
- Litter pan, litter, plastic bags and scooper
- Medical records, especially proof of vaccination
- Medications and pet first aid kit
- Proof of ID tag/microchip
- Small toy