Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Emergency Planning

I'll admit - it's been hard to watch the news lately. The earthquake and tsumnami in Japan are heartbreaking events and my thoughts have been on the people there. Living in the mountains quite far from any coast, I don't really have to worry about tsunamis, but there are so many other weather-related disasters that can occur, and I think it's good just to be aware and have an emergency plan in place. As a pet sitter, it's part of my job. But what about pet owners?

Fortunately, there is a great document from NAPPS (The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters)called the Emergency Planning Guide for Pet Owners. It's totally free to download - just visit www.petsitters.org, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the link that says "Download a free copy".

One of the best things you can do right away, if you haven't done it already, is to microchip and photograph your pets. Photographing your pets once a year or so can aid in finding a lost pet, and microchipping your pet can make it much easier for others to find you, should they find your pet.

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