Failure to evacuate pets in an emergency has negative implications for public health, the economy, emotional well-being of pet owners, and physical health of animals. These effects may be at least partially mitigated by a robust plan to accommodate pets. Nine state companion animal emergency plans were reviewed to determine the extent to which they addressed the needs of companion animals, utilizing characteristics of a model emergency plan. States were compared utilizing variables such as population, pet friendliness, and emergency preparedness funding in order to explain differences in plan composition. This comprehensive review produced a list of recommendations for emergency managers as they create future versions of their plans.
Austin, Jessica J.
"Shelter from the Storm: Companion Animal Emergency Planning in Nine States,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 40
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol40/iss4/11