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To the Rescue: Earthquake Safety For Pets

This morning, many of us felt a small earthquake here in San Francisco . . . yikes. While it's scary for everyone involved, the pet owners at Sugar HQ began wondering about furry friends back at home. First off, even though there are no guarantees, I get extra peace of mind by having a decal with my pet's name and my phone number on my door in case of emergency personnel – the ASPCA will send you a safety pack for free by simply requesting this online.

  • Check crate placement. If you crate a pet, make sure you position it far away from windows and any shelving with large objects that could topple or break. (North's crate is under my solid wood desk.)
  • Put a backup plan in place. Both my dog walkers and a pal who live nearby have keys to my apartment. If you work far from home, it's a good idea to make sure someone close by has easy access to a pet in case of a disaster.
  • Have leashes/crates ready. Even if your pet roams free during the day, have a travel crate on hand in case you need to leave suddenly. Kitties can get very spooked (and harder to catch) so make sure you have a way to secure a feline if you need to evacuate. Also, if taking an animal out of a crate, have the leash ready to immediately snap because even the calmest, well-trained pet can get spooked and get hurt with any broken items around the home.

PS, don't ever leave a pet at home – if you're evacuating, take your furry friend with you!


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wren1 wren1 8 years
Thanks for this. I didn't think about crate placement. I wonder if I can have a decal on my door since I live in an apartment building. Probably not.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i would NEVER leave my dogs home! That's just beyond me! But that you for reminding me that I need to get a earthquake kit together! We live right near the fault and the Salton Sea has been having little ones a lot recently. Gotta be prepared!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Nothing makes me madder or breaks my heart more than seeing rescuers getting pets out of homes after natural disasters because their owners left them. I still can't fathom why you would leave your pet behind. The only way someone would have to get my pet out of my house is because I'm dead. I just wish other people felt the same way.
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