National Pet Safety and Protection Month
October is National Pet Safety and Protection Month – a month dedication to the safety and protection of all animals. Whether you have pets of your own, have friends and family who have pets, or just really love animals, the human animal bond plays an important role in your day to day life. National Pet Safety and Protection Month is a time to spread awareness about the importance of treating all animals with kindness and respect, and to take steps to ensure that they are protected and kept safe.
There are many ways you can participate in National Pet Safety and Protection Month – here are a few ways to get started!
1. Microchip your pets.
Microchipping your pets is a simple, safe, and effective way to protect them should they ever wander off or be separated from you. Pets with microchips are more than 20 times more likely to be reunited with their families than those who do not have microchips. If your pet is already microchipped, National Pet Safety and Protection Month is a great reminder to check that your pet’s chip is registered and up to date with your contact information.
2. Pet-proof your home.
Much like children, pets always seem to find ways to get themselves into trouble! Take a few moments to walk through the home and make sure that your space is pet friendly. Look for choking hazards, places your pet may get stuck, and common household toxins. If you keep houseplants, double check the ASPCA’s list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants ( https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants ) to make sure they are not a hazard to your pet. The ASPCA also has a convenient and easy to use mobile app, read more here. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants
3. Make a Pet Alert card to carry with you.
Keeping a Pet Alert card in your wallet will let emergency personnel know that you have pets at home and who to notify to care for them, should anything happen to you while you are away from home. You can make your own, or save and print this handy template!
4. Keep a list of phone numbers accessible.
Accidents happen – being able to respond quickly can make all the difference. Keep a list of contacts for your pet in a place where you and others can easily find them. The list should include :
- Your primary vet.
- Your emergency vet.
- The Animal Poison Control hotline (888) 426-4435.
- One or more emergency contacts – especially if you ever use pet sitters.
5. Include your pets in your fire escape and other evacuation plans.
When planning your family’s fire escape and evacuation plans, include ways to help your pets get to safety. Keep leashes or carriers in easy to access places near your escape route.
6. Volunteer & Donate to groups that work to keep animals safe and healthy.
Whether you have pets of your own or not, you can participate in National Pet Safety and Protection Month by volunteering your time and talents with groups that work to protect animals and keep them safe. These groups are also always in need of monetary donations and supplies to accomplish their goals to making a better world for animals. Show them your support in honor of National Pet Safety and Protection Month!
7. Download the Red Cross’ pet first aid app.
You can have all of the information you need to provide basic first aid care to your pet right at your fingertips! The American Red Cross has produced a Pet First Aid mobile app. Learn more here.