Emergency Tips & Pet Hospitals
What to do in an emergency:
Unfortunately, accidents can occur both at home and while traveling. If you know your travel itinerary, it may be helpful to bring along addresses and phone numbers of animal hospitals at your destination and the poison hotline numbers below. Always have ID on your pet.
Finding an animal hospital:
This link is provided by the American Animal Hospital Association and lists accredited AAHA hospitals qualified for small animal care.
Animal Hospitals in the United States and Canada:
The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Animal Poison Control Center offers a 24-hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, call in hot line. They charge $50.00 and accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
With a credit card, call 1-888-426-4435.
Finding a Lost Pet:
1.First, contact your local animal shelter and animal control agency. Call places within a 65-mile radius, and visit local shelters each day. If there is no local shelter, contact the local police and give them a full description of your pet and your phone number.
2.Search the neighborhood thoroughly - hand out photographs.
3. Place ads in the local paper and utilize community bulletin boards to hang pictures of your pet with your phone number. List the breed, age, sex, weight, color and particular markings, but leave out one piece of identifying information. Unfortunately, there are sometimes pet scams that offer to return your pet. Never give anybody money up front to return your pet. Ask the caller to identify your dog and see if he mentions the identifying characteristic that you never listed.
4. Never give up your search. Many times pets have been found quite awhile after disappearing.
In a Disaster:
When disaster strikes - and you will be evacuating, the absolute best way to protect your pets is to take them with you. Even if you think that you'll be back soon, it's best to take your pets along just in case your plans change. Evacuate as early as possible and bring ID papers for your pets.
It is not advisable to leave your pets in the house, turn them loose or leave them tied up.
If you live in a flood, earthquake, or coastal zone, prepare for evacuation ahead of time by finding a safe place that accepts pets. Our extensive database at LetsGoPets.com allows you to search for accommodations where you could stay with your pet in an emergency.
When you cannot take your pet along, call your local pet shelter - some shelters provide care for pets in an emergency. Make a list of boarding kennels near you and call immediately after you decide to evacuate.
Lost Pets in Great Britain: