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Preparedness for Pets

Pets are important members of a household, and emergency preparedness should address animal needs as well.

Make A Plan

Pets and animals need special consideration when creating a household emergency plan. Try not to leave pets behind during an emergency or evacuation, and never leave pets chained up outside if the household has to leave suddenly.

  • Be sure to license and microchip your pet.
  • Create a buddy system with trusted neighbors to check in on animals in case no one is home.
  • Identify pet friendly places to stay. For public health reasons, most emergency shelters do not accept pets, only service animals, although pet shelters may be opened during an emergency.
    • Find pet friendly hotels as part of your evacuation route. Keep contact information for these hotels in your pet emergency kit.
    • Consider asking an out-of-town friend or relative to watch your animals
  • Include your pet's veterinarian contact information and copies of any important medical records in your pet emergency kit.

Build a Kit​

As you create your own household emergency kit, create one for pets as well! This list will help you get started:

  • Water. At least 3 gallons of water specifically for each pet.
  • FoodAt least a 3 day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
  • Medicines and medical records.
  • First aid kit. Include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, non-latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution.
  • Spare collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag, and a leash.
  • Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy crate or pet carrier in case you need to evacuate. You can store emergency supplies in the carrier when not in use.
  • Sanitation. Pet litter and a litter bot if needed. Include plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach for cleaning.
  • ​A photo of you and your pet together.​ This can help with reunification if you and your pets are separated, and helps document your ownership. Write down species, breed, age, sex, color, distinguishing characteristics, and your contact information on the back of the photo.
  • ​Comfort items​. Bring a favorite treat or toy to reduce pet stress.

See a downloadable version (PDF) of this list with additional information. En español (PDF).


Kirkland Animal Services
Information about pet licensing, animal sheltering, animal control, and more in Kirkland.

Everett Animal Shelter
The City of Kirkland contracts with the Everett Animal Shelter for the sheltering and care of the City's stray animals.

American Humane Society
The American Humane Society helps respond to animals in need during emergencies.

Preparing Makes Sense for Pet Owners
A video from the Federal Emergency Management Agency with more animal preparedness information.A still from a pet preparedness video

Fire Services
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