What if you don’t come home tonight?
What happens to your pets if an accident, illness, or emergency keeps you from getting home tonight? Who will feed them, let them out, or, more critically, give them water?
You do not have things “covered” if you have an instruction note on your refrigerator door because unless you also have a tattoo on your forehead that reads, “I have pets at home,” along with a house key dangling from your ear, no one will know you have pets, let alone how to reach them. If you don’t think this can happen to you, read this article.
The “Home Alone” business-size card alerts people going through your wallet that your pets are on their own (a glove compartment size card is coming soon. Download the card as a PDF here, or as a jpg here. Print it, fold it in half, laminate it, then put copies in your wallet, purse, fanny pack, and briefcase. The card is free, but a donation of any size is appreciated. Note that a donation is not tax deductible.
Where Will First Responders Take Your dogs?
If you’re injured and unable to communicate, you have no “say” in where your dogs go. The primary task of a first responder is to take care of you, not your dog(s).
To give directions about the immediate care of your dogs, attach the “crate card” at the right to the front of each dog’s crate, to the upper portion of their seat belt, or to your front door (there are two cards to one 8″ x 10″ sheet of paper). Animal control, rescue groups or humane societies are not all all alike, and they certainly don’t know your dogs the way your personal contacts do, nor are many of them able to keep your dog for an extended period of time. Protect your dogs! Provide the names and phone numbers of reliable contacts who will collect and care for your beloved pets when needed.
Download the card as a jpg here, or as a PDF here. Print it, laminate, or insert it in a plastic sheet, then attach the card to the front of a crate or seat belt with zip ties, or tape it to your door. Let the cards speak for you when you can’t. The cards are free, but a donation of any size is appreciated. Note that a donation is not tax deductible.