Group Cautions That Leaving Animals Outside During Tornado Is Deadly Act
For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2015
Lauren Rutkowski 202-483-7382
Oklahoma City – With tornado alerts posted for your area and a state of emergency declared, PETA is offering important advice to help ensure the safety of companion animals should tornadoes hit. Please alert your audience to the following information, which could help save the lives of cats, dogs, rabbits, and other companion animals who need to be included in tornado and other disaster-preparation plans:
- Take animals inside. Never leave them chained or penned up outdoors. If you seek safety within your residence, include any rabbits, dogs, cats, or other animals who can be taken indoors. Dogs have been sucked into the air, doghouse and all, during tornadoes.
- If you need to move to a stronger structure, know your destination ahead of time. Although emergency shelters sometimes turn away animals, motels in the area are likely to accept dogs, cats, and other small animals in an emergency. Do not plan to leave animals unsupervised in a car—they can suffer from heatstroke once the ambient temperature rises above 70 degrees, even if water is available and the windows are slightly open, or the car may be overturned or crushed during a significant storm.
- Move small animals in secure carriers, and keep dogs leashed. Frightening sounds and unfamiliar surroundings may make them bolt. Take water and food bowls, a favorite toy, a blanket, a towel, and enough food for at least a week.
- Have your animals microchipped, and put secure, legible ID tags on them.
- Watch for other animals in need, including strays and animals who may have been left behind by neighbors. If you see an animal in distress and are unable to help, note the animal’s location and call authorities for help immediately.