Group Warns Against Leaving Animals Behind
For Immediate Release:
August 19, 2013
Manila—With heavy rains brought on by tropical depression Maring leading to evacuations in many communities, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia (PETA) is offering important advice for ensuring the safety of animal companions. Please help us alert people to the following information, which could help save the lives of cats, dogs, and other animal companions who need to be included in disaster preparation plans:
- If at all avoidable, never leave your animals behind to fend for themselves.
- Never tie animals up or leave them caged or confined in any way, as they will be trapped and unable to flee rising floodwaters.
- If your house has a second floor, ensure that animals have access so that they can escape rising flood waters.
- If you’re able to evacuate with animals, place ones animals in secure cages and keep dogs leashed. Frightening sounds and unfamiliar surroundings may make them bolt. Take water and food bowls, your animals’ favorite toys or blankets, a towel, and enough food for at least a week.
- Watch for other animals in need, including strays and animals who have been left behind by neighbors.
- In cases of emergency, in which an animal’s life is in immediate danger, call PETA’s emergency rescue line at 817-5292 or 0999 888 PETA (7382).
For more information on helping animals in natural disasters, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com.