Whether it is a virus resulting in quarantine, a natural disaster, or a medical emergency that results in a pet owner's need to be hospitalized or temporarily housed in a care facility, the Pet Evacuation Team wants the residents and animal owners of Central Oregon to be prepared.
The group has some advice for pet owners:
"If you have companion animals, set up a backup plan with friends, neighbors or family to arrange for your animal's care during the time that you are incapacitated or evacuated," a news release said. "Make sure you have an ample supply of your animal's regular foods and medications. During this coronavirus outbreak , we are beginning to see a shortage of some brands of pet foods. Have a grab and go kit with your pet's photo, ID and microchip information, behavioral and veterinary information, and where you can be contacted if away from your home.
"If you have large animals and livestock, set up a backup plan with friends, neighbors or family to arrange for your animal's care during the time that you are incapacitated or evacuated. Have extra feed on hand in case access to those feeds becomes scarce. Keep the grab and go paperwork with pertinent information, photos and contact information for you and your veterinarian.
"Create an animal care directive in the event of your death," the release continued. "Recently, the Pet Evacuation Team assisted with two cases in a row where the animal owner passed away, leaving no directive for the animal's care or placement."
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