A Guide for Dog Owners on How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

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Disaster can strike at any moment and people need to always be prepared for the worst-case scenario, which should include having a plan for your pets.

With today marking the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a natural catastrophe that killed 2,000 people and left 600,000 pets deceased or homeless, it is important to have a plan — almost half (44 percent) of people did not leave their homes, because they didn’t think they were allowed to bring their pets with them. Despite this disaster and the many that have followed since Hurricane Katrina, 35 percent still do not have a plan in place for their pets.

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For those unsure where to start, the ASPCA has put together an infographic called “When Disaster Strikes,” which provides a guide for owners in case an emergency strikes.

Aspca national disaster infographic

Image via Flickr/The National Guard