It may be early, but it’s that time of year again, when the southeastern states begin to prepare their homes and families for another hurricane season. Sandbags and emergency supplies are stockpiled, plywood is purchased in preparation to board up windows on the coast, and an evacuation route is planned in the event of disaster. What about the pets? Oftentimes, the family pet is left out of the preparatory plan. Think back to Hurricane Katrina, and the images of those dogs wandering aimlessly through the city streets, and it’s easy to see why pets should not be overlooked. Love My Pets GPS is designed for these emergencies, quickly locating your pets or identifying them to those who may give the animal temporary shelter in the event of a disaster.
Love My Pets GPS was created just after Katrina when the owner of the company (Love My Pets GPS LLC), Mike Macatee, was witnessing the news footage of the pets wandering around searching for their families in vain. He wanted there to be a way to assure you can quickly and effectively locate your pet whether there is a disaster or your pet simply wanders away from home. He developed a dog collar that used GPS location technology to pinpoint the location of a lost pet, unlike the microchips implanted in a pet. “There is a misunderstanding regarding pet micro-chipping. Many pet owners think that a microchip will locate a pet, and that is just not true,” said Macatee. “With Pet Tracker, we can locate a lost pet in seconds and recover them. Our GPS dog trackers are available with a dog collar or a dog harness and are used by Police K-9 units due to their effectiveness and affordability.”
Other solutions geared toward pet safety in natural disasters during are offered by Love My Pets GPS, such as the Reflective Glow in the Dark collar and harness which do exactly as they say: glow in the dark. This makes the dog easier to see at night, which not only allows you quickly locate your pet, but also makes it safer for your dog to wander as oncoming vehicles will easily see the glowing collar or harness. The simplest and most economical choice is a personalized collar which lists your home address and/or phone number. This way, when someone comes across your dog, you can be notified immediately.
This hurricane season, please don’t forget about including your pet into your disaster plan. Most shelters do not accept pets due to public health risks, and as such, a plan for your pets is crucial. Find out if the shelters in your area accept pets or not and make arrangements in advance if need be, whether with friends, relatives, a kennel, or even your veterinarian. There are always hotels that allow pets, so call around and save the information for each hotel along your evacuation route that accommodate pets. Don’t forget a survival kit for your dog, things like food, medication, water, and vaccination records. You’d do it for your kids, and as such, should do it for your pet. They too are a member of your family, and cannot prepare themselves for the situations a disaster like a hurricane can throw at them.
Find more information on the GPS Dog Tracking Collar offered by Love My Pet GPS at www.lovemypetsgps.com/gps-dog-tracking-page.html