SENIORS’ COLUMN

No one likes to think that an emergency such as a wildfire or earthquake will happen.

Marilyn Boxwell

No one likes to think that an emergency such as a wildfire or earthquake will happen. However, in the event that it does, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared both for one self and also for the family pets.

The following is a useful guide for those concerned with taking precautions, prepared by Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA branches. Locally, we are served by members of the non-profit group known as PALS who’s goals are similar especially when it comes to encouraging our animal guardians to refresh their emergency pet preparedness.

As we are well aware, wildfires can suddenly break out in many of BC communities during dry spells and this has caused evacuation orders and states of emergency prompting people to leave their homes or businesses, quickly and without delay.

“When you’re ordered to evacuate, you need to do it as soon as possible,” says Chortyk, “and pet owners don’t necessarily think about their pet in an emergency situation until it’s too late when you may not have the time or resources to suddenly gather up everything needed if you have to get out of your home straight away.”

When one is in a hurry, it’s easy to forget feeding bowls, food, leashes, and other necessities, Chortyk continued, “that’s why it’s important to plan ahead and be prepared for any emergency. People love their pets but it often doesn’t sink in that an emergency can happen at any time.”

Having an emergency kit handy is key, as well as ensuring that your pet is already wearing a collar with up-to-date contact information. Keeping your pets inside the house so you don’t have to take valuable time to search for them, is also a good idea.

The BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ mission is to enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in our province.

Next week’s column will focus on how to prepare an emergency kit for your pet.