Small Animals-Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, Reptiles...

You have prepared and planned for the people in your house, now it is time to do the same for the animal(s).

Building a Kit 

First up, let's get them a kit and easily identifiable. Ideally, you would build them a kit with enough supplies to last at least 2 weeks, but any amount is better than none.

Think about what you do and use for your animal(s) on a daily basis and include those in their kits. Next, include some of their favorite treats, toys, blankets to help keep them calm during what will be a stressful time for all involved.


This is very important because there is always the chance that you may get separated or may not be home when something happens, your animal(s) may escape or be rescued and brought to a shelter after an emergency. To have the greatest chance of being reunited with your animal(s), multiple types of identification are encouraged.

  1. Make sure you keep your contact information up-to-date with the company and/or your local licensing agency (i.e. SCRAPS in Spokane County) to avoid any delay in reunification
  2. Keeping photos of you AND your animal(s), showing any unique markings they may have is also very handy in helping the shelter workers to efficiently and correctly reunite animal(s) with their owners.

Items should include:

  • Food
  • Water/bowl
  • Leash
  • Crate/Carrier/Cage
  • Vet Records
  • Medicine
  • First Aid
  • Litter box/Litter (cats)
  • Some way to retain heat until a new power source is found (reptiles)

Comfort Items

  • Toys
  • Treats
  • Blanket

Types of Identification

  • Microchip (best option) (1)
  • Collar Tag
  • Tattoo
  • Many reptiles can be marked with permanent marker or nail polish
  • Photos (2)
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