Developing a Pet Emergency Plan: 3 Easy Steps

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We’ve been focusing a lot on estate planning for people during the COVID-19 crisis and rightly so, but this plan would work for many bigger emergencies such as fires or earthquakes, etc. With more than 50% of the population without estate planning documents, it seems necessary. But it is also important to have a plan when it comes to your pets, especially if you live alone. We’ve written about Pet Trusts before and those are ultimately recommended but in the meantime, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control has a simple three step plan you can put into place right away.

Step 1: Stick to the Facts

According to the CDC there is NO evidence that people can get COVID-19 from animals. There is no need to adopt out or quarantine your animals. Keep them home and keep them safe and happy.

Step 2: Choose a Backup Caregiver or Petsitter

Be prepared in case you get sick. Choose a caregiver and a backup to care for your pet in case you get ill. A member of your household, friend, co-worker or even a neighbor are all great choices in addition to professional pet sitters. Be sure to talk to the people you select directly and get their understanding and agreement to care for your pet. Be sure to likewise engage your backup choice as well.

Step 3: Be Prepared

Maricopa County suggests preparing a Pet Supply Kit. This kit would have all the necessary supplies to take care of your pet if you are unable to find or purchase the proper supplies OR if you need the supplies to care for your pet in your absence. Consider including the following items: 

  • The contact information for your emergency caregivers and vet. 
  • Supplies including: Food, leash, treats, toys and so on.
  • A crate or carrier for transportation 
  • Vaccination records
  • Collar with ID tags
  • Medications and prescriptions along with detailed instructions
  • Daily care instructions for feeding and care

If you want to add a pet trust to your current estate plan or add it to an existing plan, please reach out and we can assist you.