Protect Your Pets During Natural Disasters With Help2Pet
Natural disasters happen, and often, you don’t know about the danger until it’s at your front door. This year, we’ve been hit with a slew of disasters: the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta; the catastrophic flooding in Louisiana; and the devastating earthquake in Italy. It goes to show you that everyone needs a plan – and it needs to include your pets.
It’s recent disasters such as these that highlight the benefits of Help2Pet – a company bridging the gap between pet, owner and caregiver in the case of an emergency or unplanned absence. With its online-based membership system, Help2Pet is working to eliminate the uncertainty and provide peace of mind for pet owners when the unexpected arises.
With a Help2Pet membership, the owner is able to create a comprehensive profile for their pet(s), detailing everything from pertinent medical information and feeding schedules to veterinary contacts, favorite toys, and unique details only they would know. In the case of an emergency or a pet is separated from their owner, the Help2Pet team is ready to spring into action 24/7 by contacting pre-designated guardians and giving them the information they need to provide optimal care for the animals. Members are provided with window clings, and to carry wallet cards and keytags to alert others that they have a pet at home. If a pet gets displaced or separated from their owner, the Help2Pet collar tag will provide the good Samaritan or first responder with information they need to activate the emergency protocol plan
“Our pets are a part of our family. It’s important to have a plan of action for them when an emergency arises,” says Jeff Kalish, Founder and CEO of Help2Pet. “With past disasters like Hurricane Katrina leaving 104,000 pets to fend for themselves, we want the American public to be better prepared with a backup plan so either they can be reunited with their pets, or so someone will be equipped with the information they need to step in and take care of the pet until their owner can be located.”
No one likes to think or talk about what to do during a ‘worst-case scenario.’ But as a pet parent, you need to put aside your dislike for unpleasant thoughts and put the needs of your furry loved ones first. “We’re confident that using our service will provide a safety net for all pets in their time of need, whether a disaster occurs, they go missing, or if they outlive their loving owners,” says Kalish. “It is something everyone has a hard time discussing, but for the sake of our pets and the estimated 100,000 to 500,000 pets sent to shelters each year due to the lack of planning, we believe all pet owners will see the importance of creating a plan for their pets using our service.”
Plan ahead and be prepared, with help from Help2Pet.
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