Disaster Ready People 12 Month Guide – Month 8: Resources for Pet Families
Most emergency shelters do not allow you to bring your pets, however, many hotel chains are now pet-friendly. Identifying and verifying multiple hotel locations should be part of your evacuation plan. Listed below are some of the hotel chains that welcome pets (usually limited to dogs and cats), but policies on pets may vary by location and can change over time. Be sure to verify the policy of the hotels you target for inclusion in your Plan.
Other online resources to investigate for pet friendly lodging are PetTravel.com, DogFriendly.com, Tripswithpets.com and Travelpets.com. We hope you find this information beneficial.
Over 900 pet friendly locations across the United States
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
All locations of this luxury chain accept pets under 15 pounds
La Quinta Inns and Suites
Over 350 location are pet friendly
Dogs and cats up to 50 pounds are accepted with no extra fees or deposits
Special room service menu includes items for your pet
Over 800 pet friendly locations accept pets under 25 pounds
Ask about exceptions for larger pets
Red Roof Inns
Over 250 dog friendly locations
Accepts dogs up to 80 pounds
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
The “Starwood LTD” (Love that Dog) program extends to all Starwood hotel brands
Over 300 dog friendly locations
Nightly turndown service, in-room massages and special nighttime treats await four-footed guests
Many locations are pet friendly.
Pet Friendly Hotels
PetFriendlyTravel.com ® provides easy access to pet friendly hotels, hotels that allow dogs, pet friendly vacation rentals, bed & breakfasts, cabins, motels, and lodging in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Local Animal Shelters
Because most emergency shelters do not admit pets, local animal shelters may be able to offer advice to protect your pet if you are asked to evacuate your home. Search for local shelters on the Pets 911 website.
The Humane Society
Visit the Humane Society of the United States’ website on pets and planning for disasters. The HSUS actively participates in efforts to rescue, foster and reunite lost pets with their families. The HSUS works with all types of pets, including but not limited to dogs, cats, horses, farm animals and is a great resource.
Microchip Implants to ID Your Pet
The microchip implant is used for all types of pets, including dogs, cats, horses and even some livestock. It is inserted under the skin, is about the size of a grain of rice and has a unique number embedded on it. When registered, this number is linked to the pet owner.
This form of identification should only have be done one time and is an invaluable tool if your pet is lost or loses its tags and/or collar. There are three major pet chip ID companies; Avid, Home Again and Micro Chip. At the time your pet has the chip inserted, you will receive paperwork to register with the company providing the chip. Registration information includes your emergency contact information and the contact information for a friend/family member who is part of your communication plan, but who is not living in your geographic area.
If you have not registered your pet with the appropriate company, or if you have moved, changed phone numbers or are not sure you have registered, we recommend you call the appropriate manufacturer of the chip. Below we have provided the contact information of these chip manufacturers to verify they have correct pet and contact information. Be sure they have a contact person that does not live in your immediate geographic area (take this information from your Contact Form in your Personal Preaction™ Plan Notebook). This increases the likelihood the alternate contact person will be notified of your pet’s status if there is a regional disaster and/or communication cannot be directly established with you.
Avid Identification Systems, Inc.
General (800) 336-2843 Voice Messages (951) 371-7505 Fax (951) 737-8967
Website – http://www.Avidid.com
Home Again Micro Chip ID System
General Information (800) 521-5767
Home Again Pet Recovery Service (866) 738-4324 (866 PETID24)
Website – http://public.homeagain.com/index.html
Micro Chip ID System
Business Office (800) 434-2843
Website – http://www.microchipidsystems.com/
E-mail at [email protected]
It should come as no surprise that pet location technology is becoming very high-tech. New GPS devices and services have begun to appear in the market place and customers will be limited only by the size of their wallets. Recently Zoombak began offering a chip-free device that has continual tracking but costs around $100 for the hardware and approximately $15 per month for monitoring. Loc8tor™ is a radio frequency device that runs on batteries. It’s priced at around $100 but does not require monthly monitoring.
PetsMobility™ offers several products and services but we were especially intrigued with PetsCell™, a waterproof cell phone with two-way capability – no kidding! If someone finds a pet wearing this device they can activate the cell phone component and talk personally to the pet owner. The product was introduced in 2008 but we were unable to verify its availability or cost.
Though we neither recommend nor endorse any of the above devices, we do suggest that you check the web on a regular basis to review new and creative pet safety products. Use key words like “pet locator,” “pet tracking,” “tracking devices” or “electronic pet finder” to guide your internet searches.