Having a disaster response plan that addresses pets' needs is a labor of love.
No one wants to imagine a time when they’ll be uprooted, their homes destroyed, and their lives potentially changed forever. But for the people of Ukraine, that reality is playing out in unimaginable ways.
The media is now flooded with images of people carrying their pets in carriers or in their arms, hiding in underground bomb shelters with their cats and dogs, and traversing war-torn areas to evacuate with their pets in tow.
These images are a confirmation of the unbreakable bonds people and their pets share. And they are also a reminder that we all should be as prepared as we can be to care for our pets if a man-made or natural disaster strikes.
“Our pets have our hearts, and they are our family. And as their caregivers, we have a duty to safeguard their well-being,” says Phinney’s President, Morgan Ritz.
“We realize this is a tough topic, but we also recognize that it’s necessary to be ready for emergencies. When we think about the unconditional love our pets give us and how much they rely on us, we see how important it is to protect them,” adds Morgan.
To help pet parents, we’ve developed this infographic below, which includes some emergency preparedness planning tips. And for additional resources on how to keep all the members of your family (including the furry, scaly, winged, and amphibious members) as safe as possible if a disaster happens, visit Bark Tweet Meow.