Peggy Adams and Hill’s Partner to Enhance Emergency Planning for Natural Disasters
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (May 7, 2018) – In recognition of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (NADPD), Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is joining Hill’s Pet Nutrition and its network of animal shelter partners in a campaign to educate pet parents on ways pets can stay safe and be better prepared to survive a disaster. This year’s National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (NADPD) on May 12, 2018, will help raise awareness of the significant risk pets face during hurricane season.
Last fall, this region experienced a series of hurricanes that resulted in thousands of pets being displaced or missing. As a result, local animal shelters received an influx of lost and separated cats and dogs. The shelters took on the care of those animals, in addition to the pets already housed at their facilities.
“Planning ahead is the best way for people to ensure all members of their family, including pets, are ready to face an emergency,” said Joann Fuller, who oversees Hill’s Pet Nutrition Food, Shelter & Love® program. “Creating a pet emergency go-kit beforehand can relieve some of the stress families experience and help keep pets safe when disasters strike. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of cats and dogs that are hurt, displaced or abandoned when communities are impacted by a disaster.”
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Hill’s encourages families to create a pet emergency go-kit to store alongside the rest of the family’s emergency supplies.
“Here in South Florida, we know the threats and dangers associated with hurricanes,” said Rich Anderson, Executive Director/CEO 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 encourages pet parents to avoid potential tragedies by taking the necessary steps NOW to prepare for a hurricane. We have a complete checklist of recommended items available at the League and online at Peggy Adams.org/HurricanePreparedness. And our Shaggy Shoppe, located within the lobby of our shelter, has many of the necessary items for sale to create a pet emergency go-kit.”
Together with Hill’s, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League suggests an emergency go-kit to include the following:
- Basic first aid supplies
- A 3-day supply of bottled water per pet and each pet’s preferred food held in a waterproof container
- Safety harnesses and leashes and/or pet carriers
- Waste clean-up supplies
- Medications and a copy of all pets’ medical records
- List of veterinarians and local pet care organizations
- List of each 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
Peggy Adams and Hill’s recommend the following Tips to Help Ensure Your Pet’s Safety in an Emergency:
- Ensure your pet’s identification by using a microchip or collar ID tag, and make sure that all contact information is up-to-date. You can update the microchip’s contact information at the manufacturer’s website by locating the code from the barcode sticker or the confirmation form provided by your veterinarian or animal shelter.
- Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include the local veterinarian’s contact information.
- Learn where your pets like to hide in the house when frightened. Finding a pet quickly will help to evacuate faster.
- Identify a location to take a pet in case of evacuation. 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 photo of the pet in the event of separation.
- In case of evacuation, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.
When even the best laid plans are not enough, and communities are hit hard by disaster, Hill’s Disaster Relief Network responds quickly to supply free pet food to families in need. Since 2013, the network has delivered over 280,000 pounds of free food to nearly 300 organizations across the country in response to more than 70 disasters, including floods, tornadoes, mudslides and the devastating hurricanes and wildfires last year.
Families looking to learn more about disaster preparedness and safety, as well as the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network, can visit HillsPet.com/PetPrepared For a list of pet friendly hurricane shelters in Palm Beach County, please visit discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/animalcare/Pages/Hurricane.aspx.
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Cara MacVane: 561.685.2342
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 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. For more information 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."