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Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Hill’s Pet Nutrition Help Families Become “Pet Prepared”
Hill’s & the League Partner to Enhance Emergency Planning
West Palm Beach, FL (May 8, 2017) – In recognition of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 13, 2017, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is thrilled to be one of a select group of animal shelters around the country chosen to join Hill’s Pet Nutrition in getting the word out to their network of partners proactively reminding pet parents to fully consider their pets in their emergency planning.
In times of crisis, people are often told to leave their homes for a “short time,” only to find that they cannot return for days or even weeks. As a result, community animal shelters are overwhelmed with lost and separated cats and dogs following a disaster.
“Being prepared is the best step families can take to ensure that they and their pets are ready to face an emergency,” said Joann Fuller, who oversees Hill’s Pet Nutrition Food, Shelter & Love® program. “Plus, knowing that a kit is packed and ready to go can put families at ease.”
Hill’s annual campaign is aimed at educating pet families on ways they can stay safer and be better prepared to survive a disaster. This year, Hill’s enlisted the help of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and other shelter partners in its Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program to help raise awareness on the importance of becoming pet prepared.
“Here in South Florida we know the threats and dangers associated with hurricanes,” said Rich Anderson CEO/Executive Director of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. “When disaster strikes, there is often little time to think, so it's important to have a plan in place for yourself, and your family, including your pets. As we approach another potentially active storm season in South Florida, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League encourages pet parents to avoid potential tragedies by taking the necessary steps to prepare for a hurricane.”
Together with Hill’s, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League suggests families build a Pet Emergency Go-Kit and store it with the rest of the family’s emergency preparations:
- Basic first aid supplies
- A 3-day supply of bottled water and the pet’s preferred food, held in a waterproof container
- Safety harness and leash
- Waste clean-up supplies
- Medications and a copy of the pet’s medical records
- List of veterinarians and local pet care organizations
- List of the pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues
- Comfort items, such as a blanket or favorite toy, to help keep the pet calm and comfortable
Hill’s and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League also recommends the following Tips to Help Ensure Your Pet’s Safety in an Emergency:
- Ensure your pet’s identification by using a microchip and a collar with ID tag, and make sure that your contact information is up-to-date.
- Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
- Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
- Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
- Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
- If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.
The Hill’s Disaster Relief Network is positioned to respond quickly and supply pet food to communities in need. The first-of-its-kind network was established in 2013 as an extension of the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program. Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® has provided more than $280 million worth of Hill’s® Science Diet® brand pet foods to over 1,000 shelters in the United States and helped more than 8 million pets find new homes.
In the past few years, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network delivered free food to shelters and veterinary clinics across the country in response to more than 40 major incidents, including floods, fires, tornadoes and a mudslide. The network responded to 16 emergencies across the United States in 2016, including the severe flooding in Louisiana, where it donated 75,000 pounds of free pet food.
Families looking to learn more about disaster preparedness and safety, as well as the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network, can visit HillsPet.com/PetPrepared. To request assistance during an emergency, shelters can contact DisasterRelief@hillspet.com.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League was chosen to participate in a satellite media tour with Hill's at the League on May 10, 2017 to produce National Public Service Messages to be broadcast around the country in time of a disaster. Local Media is invited to attend/cover the taping or link into the satellite to receive footage from 5am to 12pm that day.
About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches, Incorporated is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals. For more information, visit www.PeggyAdams.org.
The League is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925.
COUNTDOWN 2 ZERO INITIATIVE
All programs at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League support the Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) initiative and its goal of saving all adoptable animals in Palm Beach County. C2Z was launched by Peggy Adams in 2014 in partnership with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control (PBCACC). As part of the C2Z effort, Peggy Adams and PBCACC host the Annual Countdown 2 Zero Mega-Adoption Event which brings together more than 30 local rescue groups and features more than 500 adoptable animals. The 2017 event will take place on Saturday, September 9th, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. For more information, please visit Countdown2Zero.org.
About Hill's Pet Nutrition
Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hill’s mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. The right nutrition combined with the devotion of veterinary professionals can transform the lives of pets; and healthier and happier pets can transform the lives of pet parents. Hill's is dedicated to pioneering research and groundbreaking nutrition for dogs and cats based on a scientific understanding of their specific needs. HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold through veterinarians and pet specialty retailers worldwide. For more information about Hill's, our products and our nutritional philosophy, visit us at HillsPet.com, HillsVet.com or Facebook, keywords "Hill’s Pet Nutrition.”