On April 8, 2020

Plan for your pets in case of emergency illness

While it’s not fun to imagine us getting sick, the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) thinks it’s important to plan for it and our pets, just in case. Gather your family around and put a plan together to ensure your animals will be well cared for in the event of an emergency. First, know the facts. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets.  The best place for them is at home, with their loved ones, if possible. Second, consider if you do get sick and can no longer care for your pets. Think about who can step in and take care of them until you’re well enough to do it. Third, prepare a supply kit so it’s ready to go in case you need to use it. Consider including the name and contact information for the person (and, perhaps a backup) who will be taking care of your animals. Include their food, treats, bed, collar (with id tags!), leash, bowls and anything else that will make them feel at home. Also include a crate, veterinary records, medications and prescriptions and daily instructions. Planning for an emergency will be worth it if you ever need to use it.

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