As responsible adults, we try to plan for life’s unexpected events. We purchase all kinds of insurance, many of us even have pet insurance. Why? Because we want to want to make sure that if the unforeseen happens either those we leave behind are financially solvent or that we have the resources to recover. In fact, it’s become common practice to to bring some form of personal identification on us when we leave the house, even if we are out on a jog! My guess is, that the majority of us either have an ICE “in case of emergency” card in our wallet or smart phones. If you don’t, you certainly should. But what about our pets? Do you have a pet protection plan in place if you are involved in an accident or even die unexpectedly?
The The Washington Post published an article based from the most current census stating “the proportion of Americans who live alone has grown steadily since the 1920s, increasing from roughly 5 percent then to 27 percent in 2013”. This number will only escalate. Combine that with the fact that “approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37% have a cat.” (Source: APPA), means that there is a large likely hood of someone’s pet will be left unattended too in the event of an emergency.
As pet parents, we owe it to furry, feathered or reptile children to add our pets’ information to our “ICE” and/or carry a separate pet alert identification card in our wallet AND in our vehicle’s glove compartment. Why? If you are in a situation where you are unable to speak for yourself, the authorities when looking for your personal identification will not only find your personal information, they will be alerted that there are pets in the home that will need to be cared for.
This one simple act, has been known to save pets lives!
There are many pet stores and events that offer this type of card, however they are simple to make. For those of you who are do-it-yourselfers, below is a recommendation on how to make a pet alert card. Please note, that if you have multiple pets, make one for each pet. Many pet parents have shared that they carry their pet’s alert data in all three locations, their smart phone’s ICE, wallet and in an envelope that is clearly labeled “In Case of Emergency” in their glove compartment. In closing – when planning for life’s unexpected events, if you are a pet parent, please remember to include your pet!
- Pet alert card size is typically that of a business card. Blank business cards can be bought and you can print at home. (You may want to consider laminating them.)
Front of card:
- Pet’s name
- Your address
- Emergency contact’s name & contact information
- Photo is optional
Back of Card:
- Pet’s special needs (ex: diabetic, deaf, blind etc…)
- Vet Clinic