Would You Leave Your Pet?

Would you leave your pet, during a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or flood?

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We had lots of experience rescuing pets, during the flooding of 2016. Very few people were turned away, because of their animals, often, only because they couldn't fit them in the boat. In Harvey, an emu was rescued from floodwaters that stranded it and the owner. It seems that one of the largest factors determining if a person would leave was "Can I take my pet." When law enforcement's answer was "No", many declined rescue or opted to wait.

The worst thing you can do is leave your pet tied to something or in your home. Although animals are pretty good at surviving floods, they have almost zero chance if left tied or unable to escape floodwaters. Don't leave them in a crate. Don't leave them tied to something and Don't leave them in your house.

If there is even the slightest possibility you won't be able to bring your fur-baby with you, go to the pet store, get a collar and an engraved tag. If you have an outside pet, it's likely they aren't going anywhere and they'll be waiting for you, when you return. 

Triton partners with rescue organizations, specializing in pet rescue. Many of our rescue operations take place with boaters equipped with cages, capable of holding large dogs. It's extraordinarily rare that we will be required to turn down a pet.

What would you do? Would you leave your pet behind? Would you decline rescue and wait until someone else came along, willing to transport you and your dog, cat or exotic pet?

Let us know in the comments!


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