Many of us have spent the past week watching in horror as Hurricane Harvey tore across the southern U.S., leaving a trail of overwhelming destruction in its path. In spite of the devastation so many individuals are facing right now, there is one silver lining – Americans near and far have come together to help those in need. At a time when it seems that our country is anything but united, it has been encouraging to see individuals, organizations and corporations put aside their differences for what matters most.

While there is so much to say on the subject, we’d like to focus on an aspect that is near and dear to our hearts – animal welfare. Pets are oftentimes forgotten victims when disasters strike. Fortunately, there is a relief fund dedicated solely to helping animals affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Best Friends organization is rescuing stranded animals, delivering supplies to hard-hit shelters, supporting emergency shelters and more. Learn how you can donate to this organization.

While Cheyenne may be out of hurricane range, we still wanted to share with you a few tips on how you can keep your own pets safe during emergency situations.

First off, be prepared. Put together an emergency kit ahead of time that contains plenty of pet food, water, a safety harness, medication, first aid items, etc. Update it periodically and keep it in an easy-to-find location. In addition, research nearby pet shelters where you can bring your pet on a moment’s notice.

In addition, make sure your pet’s collar and tags contain the most up-to-date information in case you get separated. Should your pet go missing, it is crucial to contact local shelters immediately and have a current photo on hand. It’s also helpful to buddy up with a close friend or neighbor to look after each other’s animals if you can’t be with them all the time.

Reach out to us for more information on how you can keep your pets safe during emergencies, and we hope you’ll consider supporting the animal victims of Hurricane Harvey!