Sunday, May 17, 2015

Help Support Hill’s Food Disaster Relief Network #PetPrepared

Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love-Preparedness Tips and Disaster Relief Network

Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. helps during emergency or disaster
Key Dates·March 1, 2015 – Tornado season began · April 1, 2015 – Fire season on the West Coast began · May 9, 2015 – National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day · June 1, 2015 – Start of hurricane season · June 1, 2015 – Start of fire season
· September 2015 – National Preparedness Month

Do you remember when the Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans or when the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado hit? Sir Mac was fast at work helping to connect pet parents and pets through the use of the Internet. This year we have the opportunity to help spread the word about Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. and the great work they are doing to help feed animals in shelters and educate people about preparing for disasters.
It is important in today’s world to not only think of your family as you prepare your summer emergency preparedness kit,  but you should plan for your animals as well.  

As May 9th was National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day the start of the summer storm season has yet to come.  Learn about the organization Hill's Food, Shelter & Love- and Like Hill's by liking them on  Facebook at www.facebook.com/HillsPet or join in on the the national conversation on Twitter using #PetPrepared. 
Kostas Kontopanos, President of Hill’s Pet Nutrition North America states ” The best thing a family can do in the case of an emergency is be prepared, and that includes having a plan in place for your pets.  We hope families take into account some simple steps that will help them feel ready to respond should disaster strike.”  Below you will find vital information shared by the Hill's Pet Nutrition. Inc. 
After a series of devastating tornadoes and storms in Moore, OK, the Humane Society of Tulsa assisted with emergency pet response and aid. (Photo credit: Humane Society of Tulsa)
tips from  Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc.
As June 1st   fast approaches–Hurricane and Fire  season starts please make sure you have prepared your emergency kit for your pets. The team at Hill's Disaster Relief  network recommends that pet parents take steps to being "pet prepared" if a disaster should occur.  These include scenario planning, as well as creating a Pet Emergency- Go- Kit, which can be quickly accessed during a disaster event.
 Hill’s is sharing seven tips to ensure your pet’s safety during an emergency:

  1. Ensure your pet can be identified by either a microchip or collar ID tag and that contact information is up-to-date.
  2. Prepare a “Pet Emergency Go-Kit” of pet supplies that is readily accessible in an emergency. Your Pet Emergency Go-Kit should include: first aid supplies and guide book; three-days’ 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.
  3. Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
  4. Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
  5. 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 open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
  6. Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
  7. If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.
·       Note: Displacement of pets is a serious issue. According to a paper published by the University of Colorado - No Place Like Home: Pet-to-Family Reunification After Disaster - more than 200,000 pets were displaced after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, and 95 percent were never reunited with their families.

Pet Emergency Go-Kit Contents
Contents to include in your Pet Emergency Go Kit
(Photo credit: Hill's Pet Nutrition)











Basic first aid supplies

  • A 3-Day supply of bottled water and pet's preferred food, held in a waterproof container.
  • Safety harness and leash
  • Waste clean-up supplies
  • Medications and copy of pet's medical records
  • List of veterinarians and local pet care organizations
  • List of the pet's feeding routine and an behavioral issues
  • Comfort items, such as a blanket or toy, to help keep the pet calm and comfortable.



Helpful Links
Additional information on planning for your pet’s safety during an emergency or disaster can be found on the following websites:
·       www.facebook.com/HillsPet
·       www.twitter.com/hillspet (#PetPrepared)

WHATS YOUR PLAN? Sir Mac and Lady Alley would like to know how you prepare  your pets for emergencies. 
Perhaps your pet has special medication to take?  Please check with your vets to make sure you have enough medicine and make sure they are wearing something indicating they are under treatment.  Share in the comments below how you have prepared your pet! 





Monday, April 06, 2015

Survey Is Now Closed....Thank you!

----Looking for Animal Welfare Organizations----



Is your organization a rescue organization for pets?  Dr. Leigh Hersey, professor at the University of Memphis is looking for animal welfare organizations to help fill out a survey regarding their use of social media and animal rescue.  
Below is the link to her blog and also the link to the survey is at the bottom of the blog.
http://blogs.memphis.edu/lnhersey/2015/03/16/social-media-and-animal-rescue-survey/

Good Luck Dr. Hersey! 
We look forward to hearing about your work!

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter! A message from HuMA

Sir Mac is sleeping, so this is HuMa writing tonight.  I would like to share a story.  A real story that I experienced years ago that has never left my mind.  When I was a nursing assistant back 20 years ago- I had an assignment to go to a house for night duty.  The patient was one who was a palliative care patient-for those of you who do not know what a palliative care patient is -it is a person who has decided to stop traditional medicine and to accept that they are nearing the end of their life and to have comfort measures only and to die on their own terms.  
Well, Mr. Smith we will call him was a frail man and who laid in his bed to sleep for the night. As his wife and I spoke to each other we heard Mr. Smith in the other room.  "HE is SO Beautiful." Mr. Smith would say, his wife would ask him "Who is so beautiful?" and Mr Smith said- "HE is SO BEAUTIFUL" he passed away with the most beautiful smile and tear in his eye. I never forgot that experience and think about it through out the years. 
There is so much to life that we take for granted, some people complain about their life. Yet someone else is struggling to just live one more moment.  Easter- is a very Spiritual Day...it is a day of renewal. Thank you for reading this post.  Thank you for visiting-- now RUN, and enjoy your family. Enjoy the present. ..... for it is truly a Gift.  HuMa, Sir Mac, HuPa, Lady Alley- Wishing you all a great day. LOVE! and Be loved.