Established through the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program, the disaster relief network will enable Hill’s to quickly deploy pet food resources in case of an emergency. This first of its kind network consists of nearly 100 shelters. The nationwide program will coordinate emergency pet food deliveries where it is needed most.
“I saw firsthand the tremendous work that Hill’s does when they supported my shelter during the wildfires in Colorado last year,” says Jan McHugh-Smith, President and CEO of the Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs. “It was remarkable how fast they were able to respond and how committed they were to making sure we had enough food for our shelters, including the temporary shelters that we set up accommodate the influx of displaced animals.”
In support of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 11, Hill’s is also helping educate pet owners on what they can do to keep their pets healthy and safe when disaster strikes with these important tips:
- Ensure your pet can be identified by either a microchip or collar ID tag, with updated contact information.
- Prepare an emergency box of pet supplies that is readily accessible in the event of an evacuation. Emergency kits should include: first aid supplies and guide book; a 3-day supply of pet food in a waterproof container and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; comfort toys; and a blanket.
- Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include veterinarian’s contact information.
- Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area – keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be able to shelter pets. Scout hotels/motels with pet friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and/or your pet.
- If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate if possible for transport and safe-keeping.
- Carry a good picture of your pet with you in the event of separation during evacuation. Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house because pets may hide if they are scared. Finding them quickly will help you evacuate faster.
Since 2002, Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program has donated more than $240 million worth of Hill’s Science Diet brand foods to nearly 1,000 shelters nationwide and helped more than 7 million pets find new homes. Every day, the program helps feed more than 100,000 homeless pets across the country. Through the Disaster Relief Network, Hill’s will be able to increase the reach of its assistance to pets, pet owners and communities during natural disasters and emergencies.
Find out more about Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love Disaster Relief Network at Hill’s website. To request assistance during an emergency, shelters can contact Hill’s at DisasterRelief@hillspet.com.