ASPCA Issues Emergency Pet Preparedness Reminder

As Americans prepare for the threat of war overseas and the possibility of terrorist attacks at home, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is sending a nationwide reminder to all pet owners about the importance of emergency pet preparedness.

The recently launched public awareness campaign was developed in the wake September 11, 2001. The devastation around ground zero left countless pets in residential buildings stranded while their owners were either forced to flee or were unable to return home.

"The most valuable advice for preparing for your pets' safety in case of an emergency is to make certain that someone has keys to your home in the event that you are unable to return to care for your pet," says ASPCA Director of Special Projects, Jacque Schultz.

The Society's website contains a complete disaster preparedness guide for pets. Pet owners can educate themselves about evacuation preparation procedures, supplies that should be included in an emergency pet kit and how to arrange for a 'safe haven' for pets. The ASPCA also offers free pet emergency stickers that pet owners may obtain by emailing beprepared@aspca.org.

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