Thankful Thursday: PetSmart Charities Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe During an Emergency


One of the many things we enjoyed at the BlogPaws Conference this year was meeting the wonderful folks from PetSmart Charities.  We’ve communicated with them by email for a good while, but there is nothing better than coming face to face with such a nice bunch.  PetSmart Charities always has so many great things going on and probably most of us are familiar with their National Adoption Weekends.

Today though, I want to share some of their information on keeping your pets safe during an emergency.  I know what you’re thinking, we’re not planning on an emergency.  EXACTLY!  Emergencies happen with no planning on your part.  We’re already in hurricane season and we all know what kind of havoc those things can create.  What about all of the tornados and wildfires we’ve seen this year?  What if you need to leave your home in a hurry?  What about your humans, do they have a plan in place to make sure you can safely evacuate with them?

With the help of the kind humans at PetSmart Charities, let me show you, with a little thought and effort, how easy it can be to put your plan together.

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First, you should have some type of waterproof container that is easy to carry.  Sister Sascha is checking out the one that PetSmart Charities sent us.  Oh, the little trucks they sent along are just for show and are not real emergency vehicles.

Brian's Home, adopt cats, we deserve it!Then you need to start gathering all of the items that are important and need to be included in your kit, not to be confused with my Sister Kit.  As you can tell, I’m getting a little impatient waiting on my Dad to help me put this all together.  Here’s some suggestions of the types of things you may want to include:

– You will want to include our routine food, water and any medicines we are taking.  Don’t forget to check your kit on a regular basis to make sure that none of the expiration dates have passed.

– Contact information for your Veterinarian is also import in case we would have to be fostered or boarded somewhere until the all clear sounds.

– Please include our feeding schedules, any medical conditions any of us have and any behavioral problems that someone might need to know about.

– Include a current photo of your pet along with their name, age and breed plus the specific contact information for your humans (address, cell phone number, email address) in case we get lost or separated from you.

– Perhaps an easily transportable pet bed, portable water bowl and our favorite toy can be included to help minimize our stress.

Here’s an idea of what one of our Emergency Kits looks like while we’re putting it together.

Brian's Home, adopt cats, we deserve it!
Brian's Home, adopt cats, we deserve it!

Hey, see that flash drive in the top compartment.  We have a photo of each of us along with our important medical history on there as a backup.

Here’s some other things you should consider too:

– Always transport us kitties in carriers so we don’t panic and run away if we get scared and always keep dogs securely leashed for the same reason.

– It doesn’t matter, cat or dog, don’t leave us unattended anywhere we might run off or make a dash for it.

– Do some pre-planning.  Contact hotels and motels in your area and ask them about their pet policies and if they have any specific restrictions on number, size and species.  Also, ask them if a “no pet” policy can be waived in the event of an emergency.  Keep that list in your Emergency Kit so you never have to wonder where you put it.

So, if you don’t have a plan in place, go nudge your humans and help them get started.  As you can see, it’s not that difficult, but it is a must do before an emergency happens.  Please don’t wait until it’s too late.  I’m thankful to our wonderful friends at PetSmart Charities for helping us share this information with you.  You can check all of the terrific information at

Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!!  More Forever Homes More Often!  Purrrrr! Zip!  Later!




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41 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday: PetSmart Charities Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe During an Emergency

  1. Hilary

    Such an important post – we never think that an emergency will happen to us (trust me, I know). But sometimes they do. And if you arent prepared….

  2. Marg

    That is a great little container to take all the good stuff in. We wish we had had that when we were running from Hurricanes. All that stuff is so important. Most motels will allow pets in an emergency. But it is a good idea to check and make sure. All good points about how to get ready for emergencies. Take care and have a great day.

  3. Hannah and Lucy

    A very informative post – hopefully one we won’t need – we live 700+ feet above sea level and 100 miles from the nearest coast so we should be safe – but there again Mother Nature can always try something new!
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  4. Pat Hatt

    Before my rhyming rear got there the place caught fire, Cassie and Pat know all about the emergency stuff, flash drive is a great idea too.

  5. Fuzzy Tales

    Great post, Brian.

    With the disaster flooding in the province of Alberta right now, an evacuation “bag” is on our human’s mind. She has a number of things stuffed into a hiking backpack right now (mostly our stuff), but it’s not big enough and can’t carry a litter box and litter. Someone suggested a grocery shopping cart would be better, and she’s picking one up this weekend.

    Plans have to be altered a bit when you don’t have a vehicle and are on your own. In our human’s case, she’d have to pull a cart while carrying two carriers…So she hopes to heck that we never have to get out in a hurry!

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  7. TK

    Awesome post. One thing you might want to add is a liter bottle of litter and a collapsible liter pan. If you end up in a pet-friendly hotel or a shelter, you will want this!
    Thanks for the tips!

  8. Annie

    These are great ideas in building an emergency kit for our pets. We used have one after 9/11, but haven’t had one in a long time. The flash drive is an awesome idea! There have been so many disasters recently so this is very timely.

  9. Ann Paws

    Such an awesome idea guys! I really like the emergency box they’ve designed. Hope you kitties will never need to use it though…

  10. Kwee Cats

    This is excellent, Mr. Brian. We have a box like that for us kitties in the downstairs bath that serves as the safe spot during storms and tornado warnings. But its not as complete as what you got listed here, so we will be doing some updating and incorporate several of your ideas here. Thank you!

  11. easy rider

    Brian that was a very interesting post and to read it can be important for every kitty. btw: I thought that’s Alfie in the picture. I should remove my shades now :o)

  12. Katie Isabella

    Brian this is extremely valuable and I told Mom she REALLY needs to get cracking n this. Now.

  13. Abby

    Mom and Dad always get stuff ready for us in the summer just in case we get hit by one of those BIG wet hurrycanes!

  14. Ginger Jasper

    You are very organised and what a brilliant idea. We could all do that even for emergencies like flood fire etc. I must get mum onto that. Hugs GJ x

  15. Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    Great reminder, Brian. Our head peep has been slacking and we don’t have a “go bag” right now. We’ll have to get her to include a thumb drive with all of our information on it. That’s much more practical these days than putting it all on paper.

  16. Kitties Blue

    What a great idea. The flash drive with all of our information on it is brilliant. We’re assigning our dad the task of putting that together asap. Thank you so much for sharing this info. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  17. Cathy Keisha

    The peeps always worry about emergencies. Pop would never leave without me but he’s afraid I’ll hide UTB and get us both killed. The peeps also worry because they don’t have a caar so they don’t know how they’d carry me, my emergency case and their emergency case. Keeping my paws crossed that nothing happens.

  18. Oui Oui

    With hurricane and tornado seasons here, this is great advice. We think our mom was too busy partying and talking to pay attention to the important stuff.

    Holy Cod, she remember the click 5 times now!

  19. The Florida Furkids

    We have a Hurricane Box that has a lot of supplies in it. Mom has two small collapsible tents in it that we can use if we have to evacuate. She always worries that one of us will escape a hotel room. The flash drive with pics and info is a great idea!

    The Florida Furkids

  20. Spitty the Kitty

    After the 1989 earthquake, the Human had all her emergency supplies in irder, inclusing supplies for the kitties, but over the years she used it all up and now we don’t have anything. Sigh. She needs to get on that!

    Also, we is really happy to learn that PS Charities is really a good one cause the Human always gives them money when she visits the Holy Temple of Pet Smart for my fudz and toyz and stuff and she is happy to know they use the money wisely.

  21. Marks Mews

    We have PTUs for each of us, our records in a folder, canned food available to be pulled into a box inna minute. TBT hs special stuff in the car. Best he can think of…

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