September is National Preparedness month. Most people know how to handle a human emergency but they don’t know how to help animals in trouble. They are ill equipped to assist hurt stray animals when they encounter them. They are clueless on how to save their pets when a natural disaster strikes. Luckily there are resources and kits to help with that.
One of them is the Barkkit. Created by local friends Kevin and Jorge, the Barkkit is a backpack that contains everything needed to rescue a stray animal. It can be purchased at barkkit.com. Partial proceeds from sales go to rescue organizations. The two friends came up with the barkkit because they were heartbroken over stories and pictures of lost or stray animals who didn’t receive any help. They decided to do something and the kit was born.
The Barkkit contains:
The ASPCA offers another resource: a rescue alert sticker. When hurricanes or floods strike, most people rush to safety first then return to their homes for their pets. But what happens if a person can’t get back to their homes where their dogs or cats are confined? How do they convey to rescue workers that their animals are still there? The ASPCA’s rescue alert sticker is a simple tool that relays the message. The sticker has a place for listing what animals are still in the home and emergency contact information. The ASPCA recommends placing the sticker on a door or another visible location. The organization also advises adding a vet’s name to the sticker. Order the sticker here: https://www.aspca.org/form/free-pet-safety-pack
The Humane Society recommends keeping a “just in case” disaster kit all year round. Here is an excerpt of what the disaster kit should contain. Go to: humanesociety.org/disaster for more advice.