Do you have a plan for your pets in case of emergency?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
9207 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

I would take them with me, they would be a top priority along with necessary papers that can’t be replaced. They are family, no one would leave their child behind in an emergency, why leave the pets behind?

Post # 5
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@HonoraryNerd:  Maybe have something portable on hand to wheel him out? 

Pets would be a top priority for me but a dog is much easier to move….I would consider finding something portable that you easily put him in. It may not be pretty and could be a little tramatic but is there something you can quickly use to scoop him out? Like a net? 

EDIT: you could totally practice scooping and moving him to safety! He may not be a happy camper but at least you would be practiced and prepared! 


Post # 6
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@HonoraryNerd:  I don’t think I could ever just leave my pets for firefighters to find. I don’t have a specific plan in place, but it’s something I think about often. The dog isn’t as much of a concern- he’s either laying next to us or he’s in his crate with his leash nearby. I would hold the cat outside if I had to, but she’s used to going in her carrier so that would be ideal. My worst nightmare would be having to slip out without them.

Post # 7
1574 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yes. We have stickers on our doors that note how many and what animals are in our house, just in case. We have discussed what we would do in case of an emergency. Our pets are our children (2 dogs and 1 tortoise). the tortoise is more difficult to save. 

Post # 8
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I learned this the hard way with my foster greyhound… It wasnt a fire, but i got rushed from work into hospital in an ambulance and was stuck there…. I’m living alone and I dont know ANYONE within an hour of where I’m living. Most of my close friends here dont have cars either. I was panicked.

I was phoning all the local doggy daycares (there arent many… Its rural ireland…) and my landlord to see if they had a spare key to let the doggy daycare people in… Then my phone died. In the end my landlord ended up finding the key, taking the foster pup for a walk, then arranging for him to spend the night with a friend (a greyhound trainer). I was SOOOOO relieved, but it really gave me a wake up call.

A fire would be easier with him… Hes always right with me and his leash is by the door. Im not sure what would happen if i werent home though… I would hope the neighbours or landlord would alert the firefighters to his presence… But it may be the last thing on their mind…

Post # 9
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@HonoraryNerd:  our pup is like a baby to us, we’d take her out with us. She’s usually attached to one of us at all times so we always know where she is.

Post # 10
6 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had a smoke alarm scare a while ago and I grabbed the cat and the dog and threw them both in my car- only thing I could come up with! 

Post # 11
3394 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

There’s no way I would leave my cat in case of fire or other emergency that required me to leave the house. I would sooner leave my FI (kind of joking, but I mean he’s more capable of handling himself in such a situation than a poor, terrified kitty can). We actually keep her cage next to the door so it would be pretty easy to grab her, stuff her in and get out.

Post # 12
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@dv3849:  I’m so glad you were able to have your doggy taken care of!  I can imagine how stressful that would be. 🙁

I had to leave town when my dad was sick years ago and leave a key with work to give to a friend so she could check on my cat, but I live in a small city so it was much easier but a bit stressful.

Personally I’m really lucky as my cat is a big baby and he wants mommy and shoulders in that order if he’s scared.  So if something freaked him out he’d be all over me and I’d just throw him on my shoulders and he’d happily camp out there while I did whatever and hang on for all he’s worth when scared.

Honestly the cat would come first.  There really aren’t any papers in the house I couldn’t do without or get again elsewhere if needed.  I’d grab my wallet, but I keep it by the bed (basket with “pocket stuff”) and a robe that lives on the post (four poster bed) just in case I should happen to need it.

PS: why do they call them “four poster bed” instead of “four post bed”?

 @MsLobizon:  I love the stickers on the doors!  My ILs have them.  But I’ve only actually seen them in rural areas.  Seems like they would be good anywhere!

Post # 13
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

For emergencies, I really recommend GPS trackers for pets. Not the radio ones… the range is too poor, as I have found out to my cost!

That way you can trace pets if they flee in fear.

Post # 14
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We also have a sticker that says we have one dog. It’s on our front window. Obviously, we would just drag her out with us if she didn’t immediately follow. But she likes to hide behind either of us when she gets scared, so I think she would just run after us. Usually she is nearby anyways. She likes being wherever in the house we happen to be.

We have an 80lb black lab, so she is big enough to easily find as she is unable to hide underneath anything. Also, she doesn’t need anything particularly specialized. I can’t imagine trying to figure out a rescue plan for a snake! That would be difficult. I think I would grab just the snake and then proceed immediately to the nearest pet store to see if they had a place for him to stay for a few days. Or I would try calling an animal rescue for help. 

Post # 15
896 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@HonoraryNerd:  I am pretty sure if we had a fire, the first thing we would grab would be our dog.  I can’t imagine leaving the house with him there. 

Post # 16
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve thought about this too, we’ve always lived in apartment buildings with our dog.  The few times there have been small fires in one of the apartments where ever we’ve lived, we’ve always just taken him outside with us.  But it scares me to think what would happen if there was a fire in our apartment or a neighboring one when we aren’t there (during the work day).  Our landlords always know we have a dog, but as a previous poster said, it might be the last thing on their mind in the moment.  Especially since our current building is “dog friendly” but is SO NOT actually dog friendly, I can guarantee they wouldn’t care one bit about trying to make sure the fire dept knew he was there. 

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