PUPPIES AND KITTENS CAN BE VACCINATED AS EARLY AS SIX WEEKS OF AGE. ANIMALS MUST BE RE-VACCINATED AS ADULTS AS WELL.
SOME VACCINATIONS MUST HAVE ANNUAL OR YEARLY BOOSTER SHOTS TO KEEP A CURRENT IMMUNITY LEVEL.
OTHERS LIKE RABIES AFTER THE INITIAL ADULT SHOT CAN BE EVERY THREE YEARS. CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN FOR AN EXACT SCHEDULE!
Do you understand that if you are going to a public shelter, that unless it is set up as a "Co-Shelter" for both humans and animals, your animals will not be allowed inside?
"Temporary" Shelters which are set up for DOMESTICATED owned & stray animals only, will not accept FERAL cats, dogs or wildlife. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this, due to disease, health and safety concerns.
Are you aware that the time you have to evacuate may be so limited that you or others may have to leave your pets behind to "SHELTER IN PLACE" on your proptery?
Are you prepared enough, that if you can't evacuate yourself and/or your pets you have enough essential supplies on hand to make it on your own and/or for your pets to, for at least (3) three to (5) five days and possibly longer?
IF YOU MUST LEAVE PETS BEHIND-CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. KNOW YOUR OWN PHYSICAL ADDRESS AND THAT OF ANYONE ELSE THAT YOU MAY BE CALLING FOR!
PET IDENTIFICATION IS CRITICAL:
1. PHOTOGRAPHS: make sure to show identifying marks or scars & front and side views of animal
2. Rabies vaccination tags attached to collar or harness and/or copy of vaccination certificate
3. ID tag or dog license
4. Micro-chip inserted and tag attached to collar or copy of paperwork with chip number on it.
5. Your name written on a nylon collar with phone number OR; a metal plate with owner information attached to collar
6. Freeze Brand & paperwork
7. Veterinary and/or breed registration paperwork in your name
THINGS TO CONSIDER AHEAD OF TIME:
Disaster preparedness is important for all animals, but especially for livestock. Requirements for shelter, restraint, containment or transportation increase with an animal's size.
During a disaster or emergency the time you have to either evacuate your livestock or prepare your property to "SHELTER IN PLACE" your livestock, may be very limited.
If you have large numbers of livestock you may have to "SHELTER THEM IN PLACE".
If you have horses or other equine animals who are not "Trailer Broke" or trained to load into a horse or livestock trailer, you most likely will have to "SHELTER THEM IN PLACE".
If you must leave your property without your animals, you have no way of knowing how long you will be kept out of the area.
If left behind, your livestock could be unattended for days without care, food or water, unless you have prepared for it.
PREPARING FOR EVACUATION:
fence paneling for goats, sheep and hogs.
Dog carry crates, portable folding/collapsible animal kennels work very well for poultry and rabbits. They can not only be transported in them, they can also be housed in them if nessecary.
Have lead ropes or halters available for smaller individual livestock.
ACTUAL EVACUATION SCENARIOS:
TEMPORARY SHELTER SET-UPS FOR LIVESTOCK:
"SHELTERING IN PLACE" FOR LARGER LIVESTOCK
"SHELTERING IN PLACE FOR SMALLER LIVESTOCK AND "URBAN" POULTRY & LIVESTOCK"
LIVESTOCK IDENTIFICATION & PROOF OF OWNERSHIP:
1. PHOTOGRAPHS: for individual or small numer of animals showing full body & all markings, scars.
2. Brands and/or brand inspection certificate(s)
3. Ear Tags
5. Registration and/or veterinary paperwork in your name
6. FOR LARGER NUMBERS OF CATTLE OR SHEEP; a written basic description of the animals, i.e. 40 head of Black Angus cattle with or without calves, a description of your brand and where it is located on the animal, any ear tags, what color they are, which ear they are in and are what numbers are on them, WHERE YOUR ANIMALS ARE CURRENTLY LOCATED, i.e. your home pasture, summer grazing allotment, your backyard, a neighbors pasture, etc.
7. FOR LARGER NUMBERS OF EQUINES; a written basic description of the animals, i.e. 25 head of mixed paints, some solid colors with markings like, Sorrel, Bay etc, a description of any brands or tattoos and where they are located on the animals, and WHERE YOUR ANIMALS ARE CURRENTLY LOCATED; i.e. your home pasture, backyard, neighbors pasture, training stable, grazing allotment etc.
8. IF YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR LIVESTOCK BEHIND-CONTACT YOUR LOCAL BRAND INSPECTOR AND ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. KNOW WHERE YOUR ANIMALS ARE LOCATED AND HOW TO GET THERE, PHYSICAL ADDRESS, GRAZING ALLOTMENT LOCATIONS ETC.
9. ALSO IF THERE ARE ANY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ON YOUR PROPERTY, WHAT THEY ARE AND WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED. I.E. PROPANE, NATURAL GAS, GAS TANKS, CHEMICALS, FERTILIZERS, POISONS.
10. EMERGENCY 1ST RESPONDERS WILL ALSO NEED TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION.