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Keeping pets safe during a natural disaster

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PETA offers several tips on keeping your pets safe during a natural disaster like a hurricane, tornado or any other type of severe weather.

During an emergency, pet owners should also take measures to keep their dogs, cats and other animals safe.

PETA offers the following useful tips:

-Have your animals microchipped, and put secure, legible ID tags on them

-During a flood, never leave your animals outdoors and unable to flee rising waters

-In the event of an evacuation, never leave your animals behind to fend for themselves

-Know your emergency destination ahead of time. Although human shelters often refuse animals, motels in the area will probably accept dogs, cats, and other small animals in an emergency. Do not plan to leave animals unsupervised in a car. They can suffer from heatstroke once ambient temperatures rise above 70 degrees, even if water is provided and the windows are slightly open. Animals can also be stolen out of parked vehicles.

-Place small animals in secure carriers, and keep dogs on a leash. Frightening sounds and unfamiliar surroundings may make them bolt. Take water and food bowls, your animals' favorite toy or blanket, a towel, and enough food to last them at least a week.

-Watch for other animals in need, including strays and animals who are left behind by neighbors. If you see an animal in distress and are unable to help, note the animal's condition and location and call authorities for help as soon as possible.

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