October is animal safety and protection month

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The Animal Control Bureau has some tips for pet owners to keep their furry friends safe in October, National Animal Safety and Protection Month.

The tips are as follows:

  1. Make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations. This is especially important in case of a natural disaster, in case they must be boarded at a shelter. Ask your vet for a copy of your animal’s vaccination record, including a current rabies license and tag for their collar.
  2. Microchip your pets. A quick and painless injection can help you reunite with your pet if they are ever lost. Scanning devices allow vets, humane societies, animal control and shelters to read your pet’s chip and contact you immediately. If you don’t want to microchip your pet, always have them in a collar with identification tags that include your address and phone number.)
  3. Create an identification file for your pet. In case of a natural disaster, keep a file with current photos of your pet (which you will need to have them released to you from a shelter), microchip ID number, adoption papers, a written description of your pet with their distinctive markings, a description of their diet, their medications, and vaccination history.
  4. Secure accommodations for your pet before a big storm hits. If you know a hurricane will strike your area, have a plan in place for where your pet will go if you have to evacuate your home. Have pet carriers for easy transport.

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