Jan Van Dusen, who has fostered over 70 cats, went up against the IRS and won. Good news for animal rescue groups all over the U.S. Van Dusen had deducted expenses she had incurred while fostering cats for an IRS- approved charity. The ruling will make it easier for volunteers to help animal rescue groups. Yea!
Check out the article to learn more and keep your receipts for next year’s taxes, if you’re fostering or providing some other service.
Spread the word about Paws for Japan happening today. Be the Change for Pets is working to raise funds for World Vets, who is on the ground in Japan and is already assisting Japanese animal welfare groups. You can make a donation here.
Note: Hurricane Irene has me thinking about disaster preparedness so I’m reposting this. It a good reminder that we should all be prepared for an emergency, so I challenge you to start your emergency preparedness kit this weekend for your whole family—pets included! Our thoughts are with those on the East Coast and we’re hoping for the best.
The anniversaries of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina remind me how important it is that we plan to care for our whole family for an extended period of time in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Turns out September is National Preparedness Month, so this is a great time to start getting prepared. This post has been a long time coming and was researched consulting the AVMA, FEMA, ASPCA, HSUS, CDC, Petfinder, & more. I hope you find it useful! (I ask that if you re-post it, that you give credit to & link to PetProject.)
It’s not that I’m all gloom and doom. It’s just that in the event of a disaster, I don’t want to be forced to rely on other agencies, if I can help it, and I know my pets will be safest under our care, so I’m working to be as prepared as possible. I live in earthquake country and we have a kit to take care of everyone in our family—human, feline, and canine. Getting prepared has been an ongoing process so I can spread out the cost and spread out the time & energy spent on the project.
Make sure your whole family is taken care of and do not leave your pets to fend for themselves. Keep them with you. If you evacuate and think you’ll only be away from your home a short time, take your animals with you! You don’t know when or if you’ll be able to return to your home.
I’ve divided the list into categories and put a ♥ by the items to start with first. Don’t get overwhelmed. Begin with the ♥ items and once you have those, set a goal—maybe 1-2 items every other week? And begin by gathering at least 3 days worth of supplies and work up to 1-2 weeks. Defray the costs by checking thrift stores and looking for sales—buy an extra bag of cat litter when it’s on sale, etc. Some of the items listed will double for a human preparedness kit.
♥Microchip every animal & keep the registered contact information up-to-date
♥Make sure your pets have collars and up-to-date ID tags, consider adding an out-of-state contact phone number too (it’s recommended families have an out-of-state contact (relative or friend) because when phone lines are flooded with calls, it’s sometimes easier to reach someone out of the area.)
♥Talk to your vet about obtaining medication for your emergency kit
Coordinate with a nearby friend or trustworthy neighbor to take care of your pets in case something happens while you’re away from your home (make sure your friend or neighbor is familiar with your pets & that your pets are comfortable with them, give them a key & care information for your pets, be clear about your arrangement—will they just feed & water your pets at your house, will they take custody of your pets, etc.)
Find out if your vet will board animals in the event of an emergency
Contact your local animal control & humane society about their disaster plan (what services they plan to provide, where they intend to be located)
Plan to keep your pets separate from each other—animals under extreme stress or in pain can be unpredictable and your dog could attack your cat, etc.
If you live in a disaster prone area:
consider putting a leash at every exit to your home, if you have a dog
consider using a feeder on a timer
consider using a waterer with a reservoir
if you are likely to evacuate, find a vet in that area ahead of time