Following Taal Volcano Eruptions, Tropical Cyclones, and Typhoons, PETA Encourages Everyone to Be Prepared for Future Emergencies

For Immediate Release:
February 11, 2020

Manila — Natural disasters can happen when they are least expected. Like humans, animals feel fear and panic during volcanic eruptions, typhoons, floods, and other natural disasters, and they’re equally at risk of injury and death. Planning ahead for emergency situations can mean the difference between life and death for everyone, including beloved animal companions.

Here are some simple tips that PETA recommends everyone follow:

  • Have an animal-emergency kit on hand. It should include a muzzle, a harness and leash, a carrier, bottled water, dry food, and water bowls. If you have a cat, have some litter and a small litter tray ready to go. The kit will be helpful if you must grab your animals quickly or if you encounter an animal in need of help. You might also include blankets to cover carriers in order to help keep animals calm during transport.
  • Make sure your animal companions have collars with current ID tags. Ensure that you have a recent photo of your animals for identification purposes.
  • Hotels often lift their “no pets” policies during emergencies, but you should keep a list of hotels that always accept companion animals just in case. Take a muzzle with you, as some hotels or evacuation centers only allow dogs if they’re muzzled.
  • Include your local animal shelter’s phone number on your list of emergency contacts—the shelter may be able to provide information during a disaster.

Far too often during natural disasters, people could’ve taken their animals with them but didn’t because they thought that they’d be gone only for a few hours. Hours can turn into days or even weeks, and many animals suffer and die as a result. Good intentions aren’t good enough—always take your animals with you.

If authorities force you to leave your animal companions behind, please follow these tips:

  • Never tie up animals outside, leave them caged, or keep them in a vehicle unattended. Leave them in a secure area inside your home.
  • Leave out enough water to last at least 10 days. Fill every sink, bowl, pan, and plastic container with water and make them accessible to your animals. Never leave just one container of water—it may spill. If your toilet bowl is free of chemicals, leave the toilet seat up to provide animals with one more source of water, but it shouldn’t be their only source.
  • Leave out enough dry food to last at least 10 days. Opened canned food will quickly go bad.
  • If you can’t get back to your home, contact a reliable neighbor or friend to check on your animals and get them out, if possible. Provide them with specific instructions for their care.

“It’s imperative that everyone prepare in advance for emergencies and include companion animals in their plans,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “Animals should never be left behind to fend for themselves—they aren’t any better equipped to survive disasters than humans are.”

PETA is continuing to make daily trips to lakeside communities surrounding Taal Volcano to feed and care for abandoned animals. The group is still accepting donations of wet and dry dog and cat food at its headquarters, located at Unit 706, Fedman Suites, 199 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati. It’s also accepting monetary donations, which can be made online here or at the Metrobank counter (account name: PETA Asia-Pacific Ltd.; account number: 007-066-31632-3).

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