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Caring for Animals During Times of Emergency

A protected space prepared in accordance with Home Front Command guidelines will provide good protection for both the humans and pets staying in it.

 

Advance preparation for protecting animals during wartime will allow us to better protect them and prevent them from being abandoned.

 

Unlike humans, for whom NBC masks provide additional protection, the use of masks on animals should be avoided for the following reasons:

Every dog or cat has a different facial structure and nose, and therefore it is very difficult to find a mask that will suit them all.

The fur prevents the possibility of sealing a mask on the animal, and therefore its effectiveness is extremely limited.

An improvised mask on a dog or cat’s face may cause it to feel suffocated, leading it to go wild and attempt to remove the mask. As a result, the animal may hurt itself and those around it.

In consultation with the attending veterinarian, it is recommended to prepare in advance a stock of the mediations with which the animal is treated on a regular basis, as well as sedatives if the animal is prone to excessive panic.

The Veterinary Service will instruct the veterinarians regarding the treatment recommended in cases of chemical or biological injury.

 

Preparations

Household pets are part of the population, and should be treated like the rest of the family. Dogs and cats are entitled to the protection of the protected space.

The place must be prepared for your stay. The following should be prepared in the protected space:

  • A bowl for water and a sealed water container with 24 hours’ worth of water.
  • A bowl for food and enough food for 48 hours in an airtight bag in case of evacuation.
  • Old newspapers and garbage bags for disposing the animal’s waste materials.
  • Nylon bags and tape for wrapping the dog’s legs in case of evacuation.
  • A short leash and muzzle.
  • Clothing for the dog. A sweatshirt is recommended.
  • A carrying cage for the cat or dog. The cage should be wrapped in nylon wrap, left open and be ready to be sealed if necessary.

The cages should be marked (by cardboard wrapped in nylon wrap and attached to the cage) as follows:

  • Last name and first name
  • Complete address
  • The animal’s name
  • Year of birth
  • All of your and your family’s phone numbers
  • Attending veterinarian’s name and telephone numbers

The animal should be marked with plastic or nylon-wrapped cardboard tag attached to a  collar that includes the following information:

  • Last name and first name
  • Complete address
  • The animal’s name
  • Phone number, preferably mobile

 

Behavior in the protected space

Pets should be placed in the protected space when they are inside the carrying cages. Make sure there is drinking water in the cage. The cages should only be opened after the instruction has been given to exit the protected space.

The animal should be calmed. The animal can sense the family’s pressure, which may cause it to experience undue and undesirable stress.

 

Following a Missile Strike

In the event of a nearby missile strike – the animals should be calmed, await instructions from security forces and follow them. If an evacuation order is given:

  • Wait for Home Front Command instructions and follow them.
  • In the absence of other instructions, it is best to evacuate the animal inside a cage sealed with nylon wrap and adhesive tape.

If it is not possible to evacuate the animal in a cage – it is recommended to wrap its legs in nylon wrap secured with adhesive tape. It is advisable to dress the dog in a sweatshirt to prevent contamination of its legs and fur.

 

If you are evacuated from your home

  • Evacuation will take place based on Home Front Command orders and in accordance with its instructions.
  • At the transit stations determined by the Home Front Command, the animals will be disinfected according to Home Front Command instructions.
  • If necessary, injured animals will be evacuated by the veterinarian in charge to receive medical treatment.
  • On evacuation to a waiting center as determined by the Home Front Command, the animals will be transferred along with their owners.

At the waiting center

Make sure dogs are tied at all times and cats are in their cages. Animals showing signs of illness will immediately be referred to the veterinarian in charge.