Emergency preparedness

The Humane Society of Skagit Valley is Skagit County's designated small animal relief center

We are responsible for housing displaced small companion animals in the event of a disaster. We accept donations of tarps, emergency pet food supplies, first aid supplies, and other necessities. We also encourage families to prepare for a natural disaster or other emergency. In addition to planning for your human family's safety, have the following items on hand for each pet:

  • Dry and/or wet food, of the brand and type that your pet usually eats, to last two weeks, along with dishes and a can opener if needed.
  • Potable water in plastic gallon jugs, to last two weeks, along with a dish or bowl. 
  • Cat litter, to last two weeks, plus litter box and cleaning supplies.
  • Paperwork, including vaccine and veterinary records, microchip information, veterinarian contact information, and a printed photograph of your pet in case of loss.
  • List of emergency contacts, both in and out of the area.
  • Medication to last two weeks, in original prescription bottles with labels, including dosage instructions. 
  • Collar, leash, and harness, in addition to a collar that is always on your pet with ID attached. 
  • A pet bed or blanket.
  • A secure crate of the appropriate size for each pet. 
  • Proof of ownership such as adoption or registration papers.
  • First aid supplies.  

We recommend rotating stored food, water, and medical/veterinary supplies to ensure freshness.

In the event of an emergency evacuation, pet owners need to allow additional time to arrange care for pets. Many emergency shelters cannot accomodate families with pets, and delays resulting from pet care conflicts can endanger human and animal lives. If you would like help establishing an emergency plan for your two- and four-legged family, please call the Humane Society of Skagit Valley or read more at Washington State's Emergency Management Division website. It is an excellent resource with additional tips for owners of horses, reptiles, and other animals.

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