Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Simple Steps to Help Pets Before a Crisis

The devastating condo fire in Millrise recently highlighted some proactive steps that pet lovers can take to keep their animals safe in a time of crisis.

Fortunately, Animal & Bylaw Services was able to reunite all 19 pets in the Millrise condo unit with their owners in part due to the brave efforts of Calgary fire fighters and the proactive efforts of some responsible pet owners.

The proactive steps pet owners can take are:
  • License your pet
A pet’s licence is their ticket home. As well, a pet license is the best way to reconnect with your pet during an emergency such as a fire or if your dog or cat escapes from your home or yard.
  • Permanent ID
In addition to a licence, remember to provide your pet with permanent identification such as a microchip or a tattoo in the event that their licence is lost. When you renew your pet’s licence, remember to update your contact information with Animal & Bylaw Services, provide an alternate contact in the event of an emergency and the pet’s microchip or tattoo number. Also, list any of your pet’s medical conditions or medication. This is valuable information in the event of an emergency.
  • Call 3-1-1 if you lose your dog or cat
If you lose your dog or cat, remember to contact 3-1-1 to file a lost pet report. Again, this is the best way to get your pet returned to you whether your pet has escaped from your home or you are involved in an emergency situation.
  • Get an emergency pet window/door sticker
Calgary’s emergency providers have a window or door sticker that list the number of pets in your home. In a time of crisis, such as a fire, the information on the sticker provides emergency services personnel with critical information that can make the difference between life and death for your pet. To pick up these emergency window stickers, visit the Animal Services Centre at 2201 Portland Street S.E. or visit Animal & Bylaw Services staff at the many public events and community functions that they attend throughout the year.

Here is a story about the pet rescue.

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