International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

September 13, 2005 12:17 ET

IFAW Encourages Canadians to Include Pets in Their Disaster Plans

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, World News Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 13, 2005) - IFAW (International Fund For Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) has been working tirelessly to rescue companion animals in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Thousands of dogs and cats have been stranded without food, water or assistance. Stressing the importance of preparing in advance, IFAW has released a special brochure of disaster preparation tips to assist people in protecting their companion animals should disaster strike at home.

Yesterday in New Orleans, Kim Elmslie, IFAW Canada Emergency Relief representative, worked to save over 50 dogs and 4 cats. "So many animals have been left behind," said Elmslie. "Many beloved pets are now dying of starvation." Elmslie urged pet owners to learn from Hurricane Katrina by including their companion animals in family disaster plans.

To keep your pets safe prepare an Emergency Contact List including local shelters, hotels/motels that allow pets, boarding facilities, local humane societies and emergency response agencies and create a Pet Survival Kit. IFAW makes the following recommendations:

1. Make sure all your pets are wearing proper identification with the animal's name, your contact information and your vet's contact information, to assist rescuers in reuniting you with your pet.
2. Stock up with pet food and water for at least 3 - 7 days (include a can opener for wet food)
3. Store up to 30 days of any pet medication that is required
4. Make sure you have the following items available for your pet
· Unbreakable bowls for pet food and water
· Extra well fitting collars, harness or leash
· A portable pet carrier
· Familiar chew toys - pets under stress will welcome a familiar item
· Twin-size blanket
· Pet first aid kit (available at your vet or pet supply store)
· Pet documents in a sealed water proof bag including a copy of license, vaccinations, photos and medical records

IFAW is doing whatever it can to rescue animals displaced and stranded by the Katrina Hurricane. To date, IFAW's Emergency Rescue team has saved nearly 400 dogs and cats, and even a 300-pound pig. During the rescue efforts the IFAW team has also rescued 6 people from their flooded homes.

To download the Disaster Preparation Tips brochure or donate to IFAW's relief efforts, please visit www.ifaw.org or call us at 1-888-500-IFAW.
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