Paws With Heart






Supply Checklist for Dogs, Cats, Horses and Humans


It is suggested that you make copies of this and distribute it to friends and family.  It is advisable to check of each item that you obtain.  IF SOME ITEMS NEED ROTATING, DATE THEM (I.E. WRITE THE DATE TO BE REPLACED ON THE WATER JUG, ETC).  Checking off items as you obtain them assures you that you are prepared for what may be heading your way.


A large, lidded garbage can makes an excellent storage container for pet supplies. Supplies can also be stored in a pet’s crate or kennel. Make a copy of this checklist and tape it to the inner lid of the storage container for reference.



a.         A  3 to 7 day supply. A 10 pound animal needs about one quart of water per day; a 40 pound animal needs about one gallon of water per day.


b.         If tap water is not suitable for humans to drink, it is not safe for animals to drink so have at least a (1) one week supply at all times and store it in plastic containers and keep in a cool dark place. Rotate water once every (2) two months.


c.         Do not let animals drink floodwater. If officials have issued a "boil water" warning, the water from your tap is not safe for you or your animals. If you are drinking bottled or purified water during a disaster, pet should be drinking the same thing.



  • A 2 week supply. Food should be rotated every two or three months to ensure freshness. 


  • Don’t forget an extra can opener if using canned food.


  • Get the brand your pet is used to, and offer it at as close to the normal time as possible. Maintaining its normal routine, as best you can, will minimize the stress it may be feeling.


  • If you feed canned food, buy cans small enough to be used at one feeding. You may not have a way to properly refrigerate a partially used can of food, and you should not use food that has been left out.


  • If you use dry food, store it an airtight, waterproof container. Also have an extra feeding dish and a spoon for scooping/mixing food.



        Kennel or crate for housing:


  • For dogs, it should be large enough for the dog to stand up and turn around, and include food and water bowls.


  • For cats it should be large enough to include a small litter pan along with food and water bowls.


  • Label the crate with owner’s name, address, phone number and an emergency contact number.


        Newspaper to line crates and blankets and/or towels for bedding and to cover the

crate during transport.




  • Have an extra small litter box and litter scoop in your supplies, plus one or two weeks’ supply of cat litter and small plastic bags for disposing of waste.


  • Have a pooper scooper and plastic bags for disposing of waste. You may want to purchase some disposable pooper scooper bags at a pet supply store.




  • Have a small container of dish soap and disinfectant, plus at least 4 rolls of paper towels.


  • Include with your disaster supplies a small container of soap for washing out your pet’s food dish.  Also include some paper towels for drying dishes and other cleanup if you will be housing your pet in a crate


  • Include a disinfectant that can be used to clean the crate.




  • Place photos in resealable plastic bags in case you need to post them in the rain.


  • Include yourself in some photos as proof of ownership.


  • Keep all the photos with the important insurance papers that you would take with you if you had to evacuate.


  • Note on the back of the photo age, breed, sex, and spayed or neutered information, and any distinguishing markings.


  • Have several close-up photos and a record of your pet's size, weight and special markings. If your pet is lost, you can use this information to prepare posters and flyers. It will also help in identifying you as the owner if your pet is found.




  • If your pet is on long-term medication, always have on hand at least a two week's supply. (Your vet may not be able to fill a prescription for a while), along with instructions for administering medication.  I know you know the instructions, but if you get sick and need to have someone take care of your pet, you want the instructions.


  • If the medicine must be refrigerated, have an ice chest to store it in, in case your electricity goes off. You can usually get ice from a Red Cross shelter.


  • Don’t forget to put meds (Heartworm pills, flea preventative) in plastic, waterproof containers or bags.












A breakaway collar is recommended. It is designed to slip over a cat's head should it get caught on something.


Do not keep a choke collar on your dog all the time, as it might accidentally get caught on something and cause the dog to choke itself.


  • Have a properly fitting collar and tag on your pet at all times, and have an extra collar and identification with your disaster supplies should the permanent one get lost.


  • The collar and/or tag should include your name, home phone number, and address.   Also put an emergency contact number on the tag.  Advise the emergency contact that you have listed their name and number.


  • Also have a spare temporary tag in your supplies that you can write on, in case you will be living somewhere else temporarily. This tag should include your name and temporary address and phone number. (In addition to a collar and tag, you may also wish to consider micro chips and tattoos as permanent forms of ID.)


  • Addresses are important. Remember, the phones may not be working during a disaster and its aftermath.




    • Have a properly fitting harness and leash in your supplies so that if your cat must be confined in a cage for an extended period of time, you can take it out for exercise.



    • Have a properly fitting harness and at least a 6-foot leash in your supplies for walking your dog. Disasters are stressful for dogs, and a frightened dog can slip out of a collar, but not a harness.


        Booties for dogs to help keep feet warm and protect against broken glass, etc.




1.         Keep your pet's vaccinations current, for protection in case it needs to be housed with other animals during a disaster. Keep a copy of its medical records, including vaccinations, with your disaster supplies.   Proof of current rabies vaccination is important for public health and safety. Boarding facilities may not take your pet without this information. If you are unsure about your pet’s vaccination status, contact your veterinarian. If you have pet medical insurance, include a copy of your policy.


  • Before a disaster strikes, check to see whether your veterinarian has a disaster plan. If not, find one who does. You need to know where to take your pet if it needs medical care during a disaster.   Knowing in advance where to take a critically injured animal may save its life.










In the event you must evacuate, have a cat carrier assembled and ready to go, with a shoe-box size litter box and food and water dishes that fit in the carrier. (An "Evacsak" is an alternative to a carrier. It is similar to a pillowcase, but is a much more safe and secure way to transport a small animal. Evacsacs take up a lot less room than carriers, and if you have several cats, you can get a lot more of them into a car. To purchase these, contact Animal Care Equipment and Services at 1-800-338-ACES.)





  • Have a collapsible wire cage or large plastic carrier to house your cat if it needs to be evacuated and/or confined during a disaster. (Remember, exterior walls can fall down and windows can break, so you need a way to keep your cat safely confined).


  • Be sure the cage is large enough to give the cat room to spread out, with extra space for a food and water dish, plus a litter box.


  • If your cat plays with toys, include some to help keep it entertained.





  • Have a collapsible wire crate or plastic airline crate on hand to transport your dog if you need to evacuate, and/or to house it during a disaster. (Remember, exterior walls can fall down and windows can break, so you need a way to keep your dog safely confined.)


  • Be sure the crate is large enough for your dog to lie down comfortably, with extra space for a food and water dish.


  • You may also wish to include a chew toy to help keep it entertained if it needs to be confined for a long time




Remember to comfort your pet during a disaster. It is as frightened as you are, and having you near to give it a hug will help keep it calm. (It will probably help you too.) If your pet is not ready to be comforted, do not force it! Let it come to you when it is ready.


        Muzzle or a roll of gauze bandage that can be used as a muzzle in case your dog becomes agitated and aggressive during the confusion.  Even the most gentle animal can bite when hurt and/or frightened. Your veterinarian can instruct you on the safe use of a muzzle.


        Toys and treats: Just like children, pets can gain comfort with the distraction of a favorite toy or treat. Including an old unwashed shirt with your scent on it can be a comfort if your pet is being cared for by strangers.





Have in your supplies a basic first aid kit.


Basic items for pets include:


First-aid book for cats and dogs

Antiseptic wipes (1 package)

Conforming bandage (3" x 5")

Emollient cream (1 container)

Absorbent gauze pads (4" x 4")

Tweezers and scissors

Absorbent gauze roll (3" x 1 yd.)

Instant cold pack

Cotton-tipped applicators (1 small box)

Latex disposable gloves (several pairs)

Properly fitting muzzle for dogs




  • Keep many of the same items in your car that you do in your home however keep the smaller sizes. Include the following items in your car:






Water dish AND food dish

Medical records


Animal ID and photos

Battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries


Booster cables

Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)

First aid kit and manual

Bottled water and non-perishable high

Energy foods such as granola bars,

Raisins and peanut butter


  1. You should always have at both your home and in your car: cash on hand, a flashlight and a portable radio with plenty of batteries and the locations of nearest shelters


  1. Because human evacuation shelters do not allow animals, locate a place where you can take your pet. Places to consider include vet clinics, boarding kennels, animal shelters, or the home of a friend. Some hotels/motels will allow small animals temporarily.








Disaster Tips: Horses


Are you prepared to take care of your horse when a disaster strikes? If not, NOW is the time to stock up on the items that you will need so you will not get caught unprepared. Listed below is a handy shopping list for you to use. The next time you buy food or supplies for your horse, take this list with you. Don't put off doing what you should do now - it may just make the difference between being able to keep your horse alive when a disaster strikes.

Here are the supplies that you should have in a disaster kit for horses. Adjust the amounts, depending on the number of horses that you have.


Since a horse's digestive system is very delicate, you should keep the horse on the same diet it is accustomed to during a disaster.


    • Always have a reserve supply of the type of food or special feed your horse is used to eating that would last at least one week.


    • Store feed in an airtight, water proof container.


3.         Rotate feed at least once every (3) months;


4.         Include with your disaster supplies an extra feeding bucket, just in case the one normally used is lost.



When the water supply is disrupted during a disaster, it can become a real challenge getting enough water to give to a horse, and dehydration can become a major problem for a horse, especially when it is stressed.


1.         Have enough drinking water to last at least one week for each horse - 50 gallon barrels are good for this (Some suggest purchasing those Large Bottled Water Bottles like you see in offices or you have placed in your home.  You can keep them filled and rotate them often.  Aim to stockpile at least 20 gallons of water per horse, per day. Store it in troughs, large tanks or barrels at accessible points throughout the property, and secure the containers so they won't be damaged. If neighboring properties have wells, ask permission to use them in case of an emergency. Keep bottles of household bleach among your emergency supplies to kill pathogens in the water (one ounce treats 20 gallons of water) or buy water-purification tablets. Plan for ways of making nearby streams or lakes available to your horses during the crisis.


2.         Store water in a cool, dark location, and be sure to rotate it so it remains fresh.


3.         Remember that if the tap water is not suitable for humans to drink, it is also not suitable for animals to drink


  • Include with your disaster supplies an extra water bucket; just in case the one normally used is lost.





Maintaining a clean environment for horses during a disaster will minimize the threat of disease.


  • Keep at least a one week supply of shavings to be spread out in the horse's stall (be sure that what you use is dry)


  • In your disaster supplies keep a pitch fork in case the one you usually use is lost.


  • If space allows, have an extra wheelbarrow or muck bucket which will greatly assist when cleaning a stall


It is important to have some type of identification on your horse during a disaster, which would include such forms of identification as microchipping, tattoos or freeze branding.

If your horse is not permanently identified, there are some options for temporary identification, which include:

  • Using a livestock crayon and write your name, phone number, and address on the horse;
  • Use fingernail polish to write the necessary information on ALL HOOVES of the horse.
  • Using clippers to shave your name, address, and phone number in the horse's coat;
  • Braiding into the horse's mane an identification tag with your name, address, and phone number on it;
  • Have a spare identification tag with your disaster supplies that you can write on, so that if you are going to be living somewhere temporarily you can put the phone number and address of that location on the tag and braid it into the horse's mane;
  • In with your disaster supplies keep some current photographs of your horse, including in some of the pictures the person(s) who own the animal, so that they can be used to prove ownership should your horse get lost and you have to reclaim it;
  • Copies of registration papers, brand-inspection records, and health records--including a negative Coggins
  • In with your disaster supplies include a copy of the Bill of Sale for your horse or other documentation that can be used to prove ownership.


Check with your veterinarian to find out what he/she recommends you include in your first aid kit. Some suggested items include: cotton and cotton rolls, disposable surgical gloves, vet wraps, duct tape, telfa pads, Betadine, instant cold packs, easy boot, diapers, Furazone, scissors, Blue Lotion, and tweezers.



    • If your horse is on long term medication, always have on hand at least a (2) week supply, since your vet may not be able to refill a prescription for awhile;
    • Check with your veterinarian, preferably a mobile veterinarian, to see if he/she has a disaster plan - if not, find a veterinarian in your area who does so that you can get medical care for your horse should it get injured during a disaster;
    • Keep your horse's medical records, including records of vaccinations, with your disaster supplies;
    • It is important to keep your horse up-to-date on vaccinations, especially tetanus as the risk of getting cut during a disaster greatly increases;
    • Keep with your disaster supplies a current copy of your horse's Coggins certificate.


In case you have to evacuate your horse, you should have a horse trailer and a truck that can safely pull it, but be sure to maintain the trailer so that it is safe to pull - a safety check includes looking at:

    • the floor of the trailer the trailer hitch
    • the tires
    • the lights

If you do not have a trailer or enough trailer space for the number of horses that you have, then work out ahead of time other arrangements for transporting your horse(s).


If you have to evacuate your horse, you may not have a barn with stalls to take it to, so in that case, you should have rope in your disaster supplies to use to tie out your horse (you must train your horse to tether before you have to do this in a disaster though.) In with your disaster supplies you should have a halter and lead rope for each of your horses and it is best to have leather halters and cotton lead ropes and not nylon, so that in the event of a fire they will not melt.


With horses and other large animals, it is especially important to make arrangements ahead of time as to where they can be sheltered if you need to evacuate them. Some suggestions for temporary housing include equine centers, boarding stables, racetracks, and fairgrounds. It is a good idea to have a community evacuation plan if there are lots of horses in the area where you live. Setting up a "buddy" system can help to save the life of your horse too.


It takes time to move larger animals, so allow plenty of time to get them to safety. Do not wait until the last minute. If you have a horse that is not accustomed to being in a trailer, practice loading and unloading with the horse. During the emergency is not the time to convince a horse who has never been in a trailer to go inside one.




Emergency Preparedness Checklist

The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Prepare now for a sudden emergency. Learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead. This checklist will help you get started. Discuss these ideas with your family, and then prepare an emergency plan. Post the plan where everyone will see it -- on the refrigerator or bulletin board. For additional information about how to prepare for hazards in your community, contact your local emergency management or civil defense office and American Red Cross chapter.


Emergency Checklist

Call Your Emergency Management Office or local American Red Cross Chapter.

  • Find out which disasters could occur in your area.
  • Ask how to prepare for each disaster.
  • Ask how you would be warned of an emergency.
  • Learn your community's evacuation routes.
  • Ask about special assistance for elderly or disabled persons.







Create an Emergency Plan

  • Meet with household members. Discuss with children the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes and other emergencies.
  • Discuss how to respond to each disaster that could occur.
  • Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes from each room.
  • Learn how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.
  • Teach children how and when to call 911, police and fire.
  • Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
  • Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated by disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area).
  • Teach children how to make long distance telephone calls.
  • Pick two meeting places.
    1. A place near your home in case of a fire.
    2. A place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster.
  • Take a basic first aid and CPR class.
  • Keep family records in a water and fire-proof container.


Prepare a Disaster Supply Kit


Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation. Store them in an easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or duffle bag. I keep a TWO WEEK SUPPLY.  Include:

  • A supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Identify the storage date and replace every three months.
  • A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food (suggestions/shopping list below)and a non-electric can opener.
  • A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • A first-aid kit and prescription medications.
  • An extra pair of glasses.
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • Credit cards and cash.
  • An extra set of car keys.
  • A list of family physicians.
  • A list of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices, such as pacemakers.
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.


Home Hazard Hunt

In a disaster, ordinary items in the home can cause injury and damage. Anything that can move, fall, break or cause a fire is a potential hazard.

Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections.

Fasten shelves securely.

Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves.

Hang pictures and mirrors away from beds.

Brace overhead light fixtures.

Secure water heater. Strap to wall studs.

Repair cracks in ceilings or foundations.

Store weed killers, pesticides and flammable products away from heat sources.

Place oily polishing rags or waste in covered metal cans.

Clean and repair chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors and gas vents.





If You Need to Evacuate


Listen to a battery-powered radio for the location of emergency shelters.

Follow instructions of local officials.

Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.

Take your Disaster Supplies Kit.

Lock your house.

Use travel routes specified by local officials.


If You Are Sure You Have Time . . .

Shut off water, gas and electricity, if instructed to do so.

Let others know when you left and where you are going.

Make arrangements for pets. Animals may not be allowed in public shelters.


Prepare an Emergency Car Kit. Include:

Battery-powered radio and extra batteries

Flashlight and extra batteries


Booster cables

Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)

First-aid kit and manual

Bottled water and non-perishable high energy foods such as granola bars, raisins and peanut butter.



Tire repair kit and pump



First-Aid Kit

Assemble a first-aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first-aid kit should include:

Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes

Assorted sizes of safety pins

Cleansing agent/soap

Latex gloves (2 pair)


2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)

4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)

Triangular bandages (3)

Non-prescription drugs

2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)




Moistened towelettes



Tongue blades (2)

Tube of petroleum jelly or other

Germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Cold Pack

CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield.





Non-Prescription Drugs.

Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever

Anti-diarrhea medication

Antacid (for stomach upset)

Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)


Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)


Tools and Supplies

Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils

Emergency preparedness manual

Battery operated radio and extra batteries

Flashlight and extra batteries

Cash or traveler's checks, change

Non-electric can opener, utility knife

Fire extinguisher: small canister A-B-C type

Tube tent




Matches in a waterproof container

Aluminum foil

Plastic storage containers

Signal flare

Paper, pencil

Needles, thread

Medicine dropper

Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water


Plastic sheeting

Map of the area (for locating shelters)



Toilet paper, towelettes

Soap, liquid detergent

Feminine supplies

Personal hygiene items

Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)

Plastic bucket with tight lid


Household chlorine bleach


Clothing and Bedding

At least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

Sturdy shoes or work boots

Rain gear

Blankets or sleeping bags

Bath towels

Hat and gloves

Thermal underwear







Special Items

Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons

For Baby




Powdered milk


For Adults

Heart and high blood pressure medication


Prescription drugs

Denture needs

Contact lenses and supplies

Extra eye glasses


Games and books


Important Family Documents

Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:

Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds

Passports, social security cards, immunization records

Bank account numbers

Credit card account numbers and companies

Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers

Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)


Storing Your Disaster Kit

Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car.

Keep items in air tight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.

I keep all my pet items and food items in three LARGE plastic containers – they are kept in a spare bedroom and can easily fit in my trunk if I need to evacuate.




In the worst case scenario prepare to be without electricity or running water for one to two weeks.  Can you imagine?   Here are some suggested items to have---easy to keep in a large plastic container in a spare room or closet.  Rotate and replace.  My main disaster are Hurricanes (I live on the coast of North Carolina).  HOWEVER, that does not mean that I might not have to evacuate in case of gas spill, hazardous spills, fire, etc.


Bread – several loaves – freeze them

Bottled Water – I get the gallon jugs (1 gallon per day for humans).  I also freeze the individual bottles of water --- as many as you can --- when the lights go out, the frozen bottled water is great to have when it is so hot.

Manual Can Opener

Candy, Tootsie Rolls, etc.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Canned Fruit

Crackers (I get those orange ones with Peanut Butter and Nekots)


Powdered Drink Mix that can be mixed with water

Juice (Bottled Juice like large containers of Hawaiian Tropic and then individual ones to freeze)

Chips and Salsa

Sweets (Donuts, Cookies, etc.) – Okay, I call it comfort food

Cereal that can be eaten without milk (I keep Fruit Loops – they are just as good without milk and you might get lucky and get milk)


Power Bars

Dried Meats, Beef Jerky

LOTS of those little pop top cans of Chicken and Pastry, Chicken and Rice, etc that can be eaten right out of the can without having to be heated up.

LOTS of large pop top cans of Beef-a-Roni, Spaghetti, Ravioli, etc.

Lots of Gum and Hard Candy --- You MIGHT get dehydrated if water is not plentiful ---- Dry mouth is terrible.  This will help.

Chlorine Tablets for purifying water

Sterno and Sterno Cooker

Paper Plates, Forks, and Knives





  • Fill up your car with gas.  Don’t wait until the day before.  You can top it off the day before, but if you see that one is possibly heading your way, fill up as soon as possible and keep topping it off.


2.         Spend some time BEFORE a storm even forms (like TODAY) and call not only your town, but town up to 2 hours away to see if they accept pets.  Remember, if your town is devastated, then local hotels may be damaged beyond repair too.  Keep a list of "pet friendly" places, including phone numbers, with other disaster information and supplies. If you have notice of an impending disaster, call ahead for reservations.


3.         Always keep a collar and tag on those animals that should normally wear collars.  This includes cats that never go outdoors.


4,         Identify several possible locations where you can take your animals should you have to evacuate.
These would be places that would not likely be affected by the same disasters that would hit where you live. This would include boarding kennels, veterinary clinics with boarding space, grooming facilities, dog and cat clubs, and training clubs. Don't forget to consider friends and family members too.


5.         When Grocery Shopping for yourself, simply walk up and down the aisles and look at each item --- is it feasible to have it.  Many things you will not think of having until you see it on the shelf. 


6.         Get plenty of sunscreen and bug spray.


7.         Have your children AND your pet’s favorite treats, toys, etc.



Know where animal shelters or animal rescue organizations are located in your area. You may need to visit them to look for your dog. It is important to look for your dog as soon as you realize it is gone, as some shelters may not be able to house large numbers of displaced animals for a very long time. Take your photos.




10.        TURN YOUR REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER TO A COLDER TEMPERATURE (around 8)….If the lights go out, your food will certainly stay cold longer.




12.        Important Family Documents

Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:

Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds

Passports, social security cards, immunization records

Bank account numbers

Credit card account numbers and companies

Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers

Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)




Emergency Plan

Out-of-State Contact



Telephone (Day) (Evening)


Local Contact


Telephone (Day) (Evening)


Nearest Relative



Telephone (Day) (Evening)


Family Work Numbers

Father Mother



Emergency Telephone Numbers

In a life threatening emergency, dial 911 or the local emergency medical services system number

Police Department

Fire Department



Family Physicians

Name Telephone

Name Telephone

Name Telephone


Reunion Locations

1. Right outside your home

2. Away from the neighborhood, in case you cannot return home



Route to try first