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SPCA of Texas and Hill’s Pet Nutrition Help Families Become “Pet Prepared”

Hill’s Partners with Local Shelters to Enhance Emergency Planning for Natural Disasters

 

(DALLAS, TX; McKINNEY, TX); May 7, 2018– In recognition of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (NADPD), the SPCA of Texas is joining Hill’s Pet Nutrition and its network of animal shelter partners in a campaign to educate pet parents on the ways they can stay safe and be better prepared to survive a disaster. This year’s NADPD, on May 12, 2018, will help raise awareness of the significant risk pets face during tornadoes, floods and hurricanes.


Last fall, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and 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 disaster.”
Hill’s and its shelter partners encourage families to create a pet emergency go-kit to store alongside the rest of the family’s emergency supplies.


“The SPCA of Texas is pleased to partner with Hill’s Pet Nutrition to help educate the public on how to care for pets in preparation of a disaster,” said James Bias, President and CEO for the SPCA of Texas, a member of the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network. “Pets are family, and including them in all disaster planning by building a Pet Emergency Go-Kit and storing it with the rest of the family’s emergency preparations one important way to ensure you all have what you need during unforeseen disasters.”


Together with Hill’s, the SPCA of Texas suggests an emergency go-kit include:

  • 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 also recommends the following tips to help ensure your pet’s safety in an emergency:

  1. 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.
  2. Display a pet rescue decal on the front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include the local veterinarian’s contact information.
  3. Learn where your pets like to hide in the house when frightened. Finding a pet quickly will help to evacuate faster.
  4. 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.
  5. Carry a picture of the pet in the event of separation.
  6. In case of evacuation, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.
  7. Be sure your pet is spayed or neutered and current on his vaccinations before disaster strikes. Keep copies of your pets’ medical records, including proof of vaccinations, for each of your pets in a sealed plastic baggie.
  8. You can also include contact information for your veterinarian, photographs of your pets, a pet personality profile and names and addresses of those willing to foster your pets during an emergency. Keep a duplicate packet or list in a spot that rescue personnel can easily find.

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. To request assistance during an emergency, shelters can contact DisasterRelief@hillspet.com.


About the SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare organization in North Texas. Founded in 1938, the non-profit operates two shelters, three spay/neuter clinics, two mobile spay/neuter vehicles, one mobile adoptions vehicle and an animal rescue center, all located in Dallas and Collin Counties, and maintains a team of animal cruelty investigators who respond to thousands of calls in seven North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other national humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.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."

 

 

 

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