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June, 2020

Disaster Preparedness

June is National Pet Preparedness Month. You can never predict when you and your pets might find yourselves in an emergency situation.  Hurricanes, floods, fires and other disasters can hit suddenly and unexpectedly. That's why it is essential to plan ahead to ensure that your fur kids will be safe if crisis hits.

Basics For Preparedness:

Your pet will need to have some kind of identification with them if they ever get separated from you during an emergency.  The most basic form of ID is the traditional metal tag attached to your pet's collar which is engraved with their name and your contact information.

Additionally you may want to have your pet micro-chipped. The microchip is a tiny device about the size of a grain of rice that is implanted between the animal's shoulder blades. The chip contains important identifying information such as the pet's name, owner's name and address as well as medical conditions and medication requirements if desired. A special scanner can then be used to retrieve this information if the pet is rescued or found. The cost is usually around $50 and is well worth the investment. It is also recommended that you update the data on the chip periodically so that all of the info is current.

Know Where To Go
Be sure to make arrangements in advance for where your pets will stay in the event of evacuation.

Here are some ideas:
  • Get with your family and friends and arrange for you and your pets to stay with them.
  • Check with your local animal shelter to see if they are setup to provide shelter for displaced pets.
  • Research local hotels and motels and make a list of which ones allow pets.
  • Ask your veterinarian for recommendations on boarding facilities.

Stay Together
Natural disasters can be frightening for pets. If they are allowed to roam outside, the unfamiliar smells in the area may lure them away or they may get lost in the debris. Keep them secured and indoors if possible. When you're getting ready to transport your pets, make sure to keep dogs on a leash at all times and keep cats in a carrier in a safe spot.

Make A Kit
It is advised that you put together a 'disaster kit' that will help you care for your pet if calamity strikes. The ASPCA has created a useful checklist:
  • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include, or visit the ASPCA Store to buy one online)
  • 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
  • Litter or paper toweling
  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
  • Pet feeding dishes
  • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
  • Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)
  • Bottled water, at least 7 days’ worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
  • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
  • Recent photos of your pets WITH YOU IN IT (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters) and to prove the pet is yours
  • Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
  • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner
Further Research
For an excellent resource on pet safety and disaster preparedness, we highly recommend that you check out the Pet Safety Crusader. In addition to having great information, they also offer a disaster preparedness course for pet sitters (Top Dog's Christina Walker recently completed the course and received her certificate!)

Article by Mike Walker
Scheduling Notice
Summer is upon us! We are happy to report that business is picking up and we'd like to say a huge thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement during the shut-down. With travel restrictions easing up, we know a lot of you are making plans to get away. Our June schedule still has some openings but it is filling up quickly and July requests are starting to come in as well. Please book soon while we still have availability!
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June Pet Calendar


Adopt-a-Cat Month®
Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month
Social PETworking Month
National Pet Preparedness Month


June 4-10:
Pet Appreciation Week
Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week


June 4: Hug Your Cat Day
June 11: World Pet Memorial Day
June 11: Just One Day
June 22 : Take Your Cat to Work Day
June 26: Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 27: PTSD K-9 Awareness Day


Pet of the Month

Our Pet of the Month for June is our feathered pal Peanut! This colorful Red-Headed Amazon Parrot is curious and ever watchful and always has plenty to tell us when we visit. His favorite words are "hello!", "okay" and "meow" (he lives in a house with three cats). And as you might guess, he does love his peanuts!
Did you know...

Cats have lived with people for 7,000 years.

PB and Fruit Ice (frozen dog treats)

  • Water
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup chopped fruit
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  1. Combine peanut butter and water and pour into bundt pan (or any other kind of pan).
  2. Add the fruit and flax seeds.
  3. Put in the freezer and leave it there for four to six hours.
In Memoriam

Remembering our dear friends who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
~ Roger Caras
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