Clay County

Clay County officials urge pet owners to prepare emergency kits for pets

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — As hurricane season approaches, Clay County Animal Services and Clay County Fire Rescue are encouraging pet owners to prepare emergency kits for their furry friends.

The organizations note the importance of having a plan ahead of emergency situations for your pets. Below is a list of items that should go in your basic emergency kit.

  • Copy of rabies an other vaccinations
  • Two-week supply of pet food and water
  • Appropriate-sized crate or kennel
  • Non-spill food and water bowl
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Poop bags, litter box and litter
  • Disinfectant and newspaper/paper towels
  • Familiar items: Toys, treats, blanket, etc.
  • Recent photo of your pet: Add species, breed, sex, age and color
  • Microchip information/proof of ownership
  • Calming medicine/thunder shirt
  • Grooming supplies
  • Manual can opener (if needed)
  • Flea, tick and heartworm prevention products
  • Pet first aid book and kit
  • Leash, harness and collar with ID

In addition to creating basic emergency kits, both organizations want to remind pet owners to take their pets with them when you evacuate. Pet-friendly shelters should be a means of last resort.