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NH Animal Laws on Free Pets and Pets for Sale

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Do you have a free Pet?  Or a pet for Sale?

 How do the animal laws in NH affect you?

 Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Every state has its own laws pertaining to animals of all shapes, sizes and breeds.  Our state of New Hampshire is no different.

When I became certified for Animal Abuse Investigation, we had to know and study all of the laws pertaining to animals in the state of New Hampshire.

In this article, we will be focusing on the two laws that pertain to any person, business or organization that has animals to give away free of charge or for an adoption fee, re-homing fee or just being sold.

The two laws here go together and I will explain what they mean.  Keep in mind that the laws were put in place to protect the public and to protect the animals that are being placed.  So, we may not like them but they do have a place.  If everyone were making sure the pets they were placing were healthy, up to date on vaccines and were giving these pets happy, healthy forever homes, then maybe these laws would not be needed.

 

Here are the NH Animals Laws (actual links to these laws are at the end)–

The actual Laws are in BLACK

Explanation is in RED

CHAPTER 437
SALE OF PETS AND DISPOSITION OF UNCLAIMED ANIMALS

Transfer of Animals and Birds

Section 437:1

 437:1 License Required. – No person, firm, corporation or other entity shall engage in the business of transferring with or without a fee or donation required, to the public, live animals or birds customarily used as household pets unless the premises on which they are housed, harbored or displayed for such purposes are duly licensed and inspected by the department of agriculture, markets, and food of the state of New Hampshire.

 

This section shall also apply to commercial kennels and to any person, firm, corporation, or other entity engaged in the business of, including activity as a broker, transferring live animals or birds customarily used as household pets for transfer to the public, with or without a fee required, and whether or not a physical facility is owned by the licensee in New Hampshire when transfer to the final owner occurs within New Hampshire. These provisions shall not effect the provisions of RSA 437:7.

What does this all mean?  It means that ANY person transferring ownership to another person must be licensed.  A license is $200 per year. This means that whether you have one pet or one litter of kittens or 100 pets, the law states that you must be licensed. 

 This pertains to ANY person giving an animal away for FREE or if there is a fee. 

So, again, this means ANY person.  You do not have to be a breeder, you do not have to have a store, you do not have to be asking a price.

Does this mean that if you are re-homing one pet or one litter that you need to have a license? Technically, yes but you probably will be fine.  However, if you are rehoming more than a pet or litter, someone may notice and fines may be involved.  If you are planning on doing it more, I would suggest applying for a license. It is easier to comply than worry. 

See the definitions BELOW  for “Broker” and “transfer” . 

If you are looking for a home for your unwanted litter of kittens you will be acting as a “Broker” negotiating finding them homes. 

When you find a home, you will be “transferring” ownership to a member of the public.

 

Section 437:2

    437:2 Definitions. – In this chapter:
I. “Animal shelter facility” means a facility, including the building and the immediate surrounding area, which is used to house or contain animals and which is owned, operated and maintained by a duly incorporated humane society, animal welfare society, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals or other nonprofit organization devoted to the welfare, protection and humane treatment of animals, and also a public pound for the housing of strays or a pound operated by any person, excluding veterinarians, who contracts with a municipality to serve that function.
I-a. “Commercial kennel” means any person, business, corporation, or other entity that transfers 10 or more litters or 50 or more puppies in any 12-month period.
II. “Department” means the state department of agriculture, markets, and food.
III. “Pet shop” means any establishment licensed to keep, maintain, and transfer certain live animals, birds, and fish at retail to the public.
IV. [Repealed.]
V. “Broker” means any individual or entity acting as agent or intermediary in negotiating or transferring dogs, cats, or ferrets when transfer to the final owner occurs in New Hampshire.
VI. “Transfer” means transfer of ownership of live animals, birds, or fish from any person, firm, corporation, or other entity to a member of the public.

 

Section 437:10

 437:10 Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets. –
I. No dog, cat, or ferret shall be offered for transfer by a licensee without first being protected against infectious diseases using a vaccine approved by the state veterinarian. No dog, cat, bird, or ferret shall be offered for transfer by a licensee unless accompanied by an official health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian. No transfer shall occur unless the transferred animal or bird is accompanied by a health certificate issued within the prior 14 days. Said certificate shall be in triplicate, one copy of which shall be sent to the state veterinarian, one copy of which shall be for the licensee’s records, and one copy of which shall be given to the transferee upon transfer as provided in paragraph II. If an official health certificate is produced, it shall be prima facie evidence of transfer.

 

So what does all of this mean??

Well, it means that ANY person giving any animal away for FREE or being sold must be licensed as stated in the first section. Now all of these people are referred to here as “Licensees”.

 

It is required that all dogs, cats and ferrets being transferred to a new owner must be vaccinated according to what is appropriate for the age of the pet AND a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian that is less than 14 days old.
II. The original of the official health certificate accompanying the dog, cat, or ferret offered for transfer by a licensee shall be kept on the premises where dogs, cats, and ferrets are displayed, and made available for inspection upon request. The public will be informed of their right to inspect the health certificate for each dog, cat, or ferret by a sign prominently displayed in the area where the dogs, cats, or ferrets are displayed. Upon transfer of the dog, cat, or ferret, this health certificate shall be updated by the licensee if any other medication or treatment has been given by a licensed veterinarian or the licensee to the dog, cat, or ferret and shall be given to the transferee in addition to any other documents which are customarily delivered to the transferee. The transferee may accept a dog, cat, or ferret that has a noncontagious illness that has caused it to fail its examination by a licensed veterinarian for an official health certificate under paragraph I; the transferee shall sign a waiver that indicates the transferee has knowledge of the dog, cat, or ferret’s noncontagious medical condition and then submit such waiver to the licensee who shall send a copy to the state veterinarian.

 

This means that if you do sell or give any pet away for free, that you are to keep a copy of the health certificate.  If there is any question by anyone as to the health of the pet, you must make it available. The health certificate shall include any and all medicines and treatments along with any other medical documentation and all copies given to the new owner.

 

If a pet fails to have a clean bill of health, making it unable to obtain a health certificate, if the animal has something that is Not contagious, then the new owner can sign a waiver acknowledging the medical condition and a copy is sent to the state.
    III. Animal shelter facilities, as defined in RSA 437:2, I, are exempt from the requirements of this section relative to transferring dogs, cats, and ferrets except that: 
       (a) All animal shelter facilities shall have on premises a microchip scanner and shall maintain a file of recognized pet retrieval agencies including but not limited to national tattoo or microchip registries. 
       (b) Where an owner is not known, all animal shelter facilities shall inspect for tattoos, ear tags, or other permanent forms of positive identification and shall scan for a microchip upon admission of an unclaimed or abandoned animal as defined in RSA 437:18, IV and prior to transferring ownership of an unclaimed or abandoned animal. 
       (c) All animal shelters shall comply with the provisions of RSA 437:10, V and RSA 437:13-a, IV. 

The above pertains to all rescues and shelters
IV. No person, firm, or corporation shall ship or bring into the state of New Hampshire, to offer for transfer in the state of New Hampshire, any cat, dog, or ferret less than 8 weeks of age. No licensee shall offer for transfer any cat, dog, or ferret less than 8 weeks of age.

The above states that NO person shall bring into the state of New Hampshire any pet under 8 weeks of age

Also, no animal in the state can be transferred to a new owner less than 8 weeks of age
V. Once a dog, cat, or ferret intended for transfer has entered the state, it shall be held at least 48 hours at a facility licensed under RSA 437:1 or at a facility operated by a licensed veterinarian separated from other animals on the premises before being offered for transfer.

 

The above states that any animal transferred into the state of NH must be held at a licensed facility for 48 hours before going to a new owner

 

FINES –

If reported that a person is transferring animals without a valid health certificate, people have reported being fined $600-1000 per animal.

REPORTING INCOME – 

If you are selling or asking for a fee for any animals and you are making over $600 in a calendar year, that income must be reported to the IRS and taxes must be paid on that income.  Failure to do so, could also result in fines.

 

LET’S RECAP –

 

ANY person, firm, corporation or entity (like a shelter, rescue, business, group, etc) who has one pet or many, whether they are for FREE or for sale

 

Must –

Obtain a license

Pets must be 8 weeks or older

Pets must be up to date on vaccines

Pets must have a health certificate dated within 14 days

 

If you are bringing pets into NH from out of state

You must have these pets held at a licensed facility for 48 hours AND do the above before they can go to a new home

 

Again, Does this mean that if you have one pet or one litter someone is going to come and arrest you for not being licensed?  Probably not.

However, if you continually, have litters for free or being sold,

or you are finding free or low cost pets and re-homing them (pet flipping),

or you find pets out of state (see section 437:10 for more laws on this) and bring them into NH to find homes,

then at some point there is the probability that someone will come to enforce this.

 

If you are getting a new pet, at the very least  know the following–

 

Does the pets and premises look and smell clean and healthy

No runny eyes, no sneezing, no coughing

Are the pets at least 8 weeks or older (kittens and puppies need that development with their mom and siblings until then, it is very important for them mentally and medically)

Do they have all the vaccines required for their age

 

Wouldn’t the worst thing be to find that your pet ended up being used to train a dog for fighting?  If you think that does not happen in NH, think again.

Or that you find the most amazing pet, bring him home, only to find two days later he is sick and the vet tells you he has a debilitating disease and that FREE pet will now cost $3000!!

 

All of this information is not meant to be annoying but to help you find great forever homes if you need to and to help you find amazing healthy pets to enjoy.

 

Here are two other articles that I have written to help find safe homes and help obtain

Healthy pets, please use them whenever you need to –

 

What to ask when you need to find a home for your pet

What to ask when you are looking for a new pet

 

Here is a link to all of the NH Animal Laws

Here is a link to NH Animal Cruelty Laws

 

Happy pet Owning !!

 

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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2 Ways to Keep Your Cats Safe Outside

NH Pet Sitting Company

uses Two Products to keep

their Cats Safe Outside

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Desilu

Desilu

In the 1998, I was outside in my back yard in New Hampshire, enjoying the sunshine, when I heard a faint meow.  I looked up towards my house and there sat my Ricky kitty in the window.  He was looking down at me wanting to join me.  I went inside and brought him out with me and he immediately started to explore.  I was a little nervous because all of my kitties are inside kitties  for their safety.  Way too many things can happen to cats that are left outside unsupervised.  Our area in southern Nashua, has many fishers, coyotes, foxes not to mention cars, neighbors who may not want cats in their yard and kids who may think its funny to throw rocks at cats or harm them in other ways that I do not want to think about.  How could I keep my cats safe outside in my yard?

So, I started to research, ways to let my kitties outside, to run, play, sunbathe and chase butterflies.  After all isn’t that what we all want, to give our pets the best life we can?  I found a variety of items, but the one that caught my eye was a product called Cat Fence In.  It could easily be attached to my existing 4 foot chain link fence.  It had arms that came up one foot and into my yard another foot.  Then a netting was attached.  The netting was heavier then bird netting but not as heavy as deer block.  It was flimsy enough to not support a cats weight or be able to be climbed upon.  I measured the length of my fence and ordered.  When it arrived, it took my daughter and I about a weekend to completely attach and secure it to the entire fence.

I was excited to let my 8 furballs outside!! They were only allowed out the basement door .  I did not want them used to going out the upstairs doors, so that whenever a door was open, I did not want them to take the opportunity to run out.  I never had a problem by doing this.  They slowly explored my entire yard.  Everyone was happy and content, running, playing and sunbathing.  I only had one, challenge the fence.  My Desilu found a few places that the band on the bottom of the netting was not secured to my fence.  I fixed those and she was happy to just enjoy being out.

I would not recommend this system to owners of feral cats or cats that are used to being outside and figuring how to get out of situations.  For cats that are used to being inside and being contained, this system worked well for me.  I was at that house for about 10 years.

When I moved to a larger house and huge yard.  I had a 6 foot fence installed.  I decided to see what my cats would do with out any fencing at the top.  As I thought, they were all very content and never challenged the fence at all, not even Desilu.

Felice and Linus

The challenge came when I had rescued 10 day old abandoned kittens, Linus and Felice. When old enough, they were introduced to the yard.  Linus was like everyone else, just happy to be out, running and playing.  Not Felice.  She was so busy figuring things out in her very smart little Tonkinese brain.  She would have a great time when we were all outside, but if I had to run in the house to get the phone by the time I was outside, she was up and out.  She would wait until she knew I wasn’t watching!!  That’s a Tonkinese, toooo smart for their own good.

I did not want to buy a whole new system for my yard that was 6 times larger, so I opted for an Electric Cat Fence by Pet Safe.  Even though it states that is is in ground, this can be attached to your existing fence keeping the digging to a minimum.  I installed it and collared Miss Felice up.  I was in the process of reading the instructions to see what I needed to do for training and she trained herself.  She went over to the fence, it beeped, she ignored and seconds later a tiny zap.  She jumped.  She then proceeded to go around the entire perimeter, slowly, got the beep, backed away, repeat until she was satisfied that she could not get to the fence (it was set to about one foot from the fence).  Yup, that’s my Felice.  I have to be careful and make sure the battery is good because she will test it every day.  If it doesn’t beep, up and over she goes.  All animals learn from one another and you would think that my other cats would try this as well but they do not.  I have 9 cats total and the other 8 are very happy having fun everyday in my yard filled with fence trained cats!!

I would not recommend using the electric cat fence without an existing fence.  I am not a fan of invisible fence for any animal left unsupervised.  Too many animals can bolt out for many reasons (scared, something chasing it, they are chasing something, etc) and then they can not get back in.  Other animals and people can come into the yard and cause problems with your pet, etc.  If you choose invisible fencing alone, please never leave your pet unsupervised.  If you do have a fence and use either the electric or netting, that would work best for cats.  I still wouldn’t leave them unsupervised for long, just short periods of time.  I know, I’m a Mom who worries!!

Felice wearing her electric collar

Felice wearing her electric collar

If you would like to try either one of these products and need help with installation, please let me know.  We may have someone who can help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Top 5 ways NH Pet Sitting Company keeps you and your pets safe while you are away

As one of the largest New Hampshire Pet Sitting Companies in New England, We work hard to keep you and your pets safe while you are away

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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RajiAs one of the largest NH Pet Sitting companies, we have cared for thousands of pets every year since 1990, we are always thinking of safety.

As one of the largest NH Pet Sitting Company, who has cared for thousands of pets every year since 1990, we are always thinking of safety.

  • We deter people from targeting your home while you are at work or away!!.

Whether we are walking your dog every day in New Hampshire or caring for all your pets while are away or just checking on your home with NO pets while you are vacationing in Florida, We are coming and going making your home look  like someone is there.  We bring in your mail and newspapers so they don’t pile up outside. Also, it’s advisable to NOT  stop your mail or newspapers because that indicates to those employees you will be away, making your home a possible target.

One day, our pet sitter, Richalie, was going to one of our daily mid day visits to exercise 4 awesome dogs.  When she pulled up, she noticed a car parked out front but down away from the driveway.  It was an older car with signs on the side that said National Grid ( a heating service), then she saw a gentleman walking around out to the back of of our client’s home.
Richalie got out of her car, and the ex- army person that she is, followed him around back, saying, ” excuse me, can I help you?”  The man kept walking, never looking back and even sped up a bit and said he was looking for…..and gave the address across the street. Richalie yelled, since he was way ahead now, going for his car, that he was at the wrong address. She immediately wrote down license plate and description as he got to his car, pulled the signs off, got it and drove off!! We called police and the owner. Come to find out, houses were being targeted in that area and the information our sitter obtained help to track down the culprits!!

  • We are also checking on your home, making sure everything is okay with your home.

Our petsitter, Betty, was doing a routine mid day visit to exercise 4 great dogs as well, different home. When she arrived and opened the door, she was greeted with black thick smoke.  She immediately got the dogs outside and called the fire department. I called the owner but she was not reachable. The fire department checked the house from top to bottom and ascertained it was a faulty oil burner. He shut the furnace off and opened windows to air out. It was spring and the temp was in the 60s so it wasn’t cold. After the house cleared quickly, the fire chief said it was safe for the dogs to go back inside now.  Finally, got the owner and explained what happened.  She was grateful.  If the dogs had stayed in that black smoke until she got home 6 hours later, we aren’t sure if they would’ve been okay or if the oil burner would’ve progressed to something worse.

  • We also have checked on elderly family members of owners! 

We’ve had visits where an elderly parent was home and we would go and exercise pets while a client was working. On one occasion, we were to visit a 95 year old woman who was in her own townhouse but it was a facility where nurses and staff visited throughout the day for blood pressure and to make sure meds were taken and that they eat properly.  This elderly woman could get around and take care of herself in her home but walking the dog once in the morning and night was too much. So, we did it for well over a year, 7 days a week.  One day, the sitter arrived to find her on the floor unconscious!! We called the staff who rushed over.  She had apparently suffered a stroke.  The staff were not scheduled to come in until the next morning.  If we didn’t go in for that night visit, she would’ve passed away by morning.  We had got there in time and she had some major speech problems but that was it!!  We went on to help her for a few more months until she needed more around the clock care and the dog went to live with her daughter.

  • We will never put your address or name on your keys.

We have ID numbers and pets names. Accidents do unfortunately happen and I’ve heard horror stories of other sitters dropping keys and not so kind people using them. The other thing we do, is put a note on the back of our key tag that states “if found please call 888-8088”, our office number.

  • We will never advertise you are away while you use our service.

Our sitters DO NOT have any business signs on their cars when they go to your home. They may have one of our bumper stickers that we also give clients ( our pets are loved by Professional Pet Sitting Etc. ). Signs on vehicles or cars wrapped in the pet sitting business information is a great way to bring attention to someone away.  Our sitters do not wear T-shirts advertising our business either.  We’ve had many people ask us why?  Why do we not want to advertise while driving around or walking clients pets……we would be a huge NEON sign, come target this house….no one is home!!!

As one of the largest NH Pet sitting company that cares for thousands of pets, We do much more but here are the top 5 ways we work to keep you and your pets safe.

Did you know that we did these safety features?  Does this make you feel safe? If you have other ideas please send me an email, we always love to hear great ideas.

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Is your Pet’s Canned Food Safe?

NH Pet Sitting Company, 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

finds the answer to

How long can you safely leave canned food out,

un-refrigerated?

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

My Lulu (NH Pet Sitting)

My Lulu (NH Pet Sitting)

Many people feed canned food to their pets.  Whether it is dog food or cat food.  These are usually made with some kind of meat product.  It could be Chicken, beef, lamb.  It may say Chicken by product, or chicken meal, etc.  Whatever you decide or choose to feed, it will probably have meat in the canned food choice.

As a NH Pet Sitting Company that has been in business for many years, we are asked about many things in pet care.  How long can canned food be safely left out, un-refrigerated?

 

I decide to find out the answer to this question because one day we were asked by a client to fill an automatic feeder with canned food for her cat.  We were to fill each compartment with a half can of food.  The feeder would open each compartment every 6 hours.  We were to fill this feeder every 48 hours.  This particular feeder was not refrigerated nor did it have an ice compartment (of course the ice would be melted in a few hours).  This scenario did not sit well with me.  The cat was an older cat at 15 years old.  I was worried about the canned food having too much time to form bacteria.

I called at least 6 veterinary hospitals in our area.  No one really knew a definitive answer.  Most stated no more than 4 hours.  So I called a few Manufacturers.  Friskies and Purina were the only two that returned my phone call.  Both stated what my gut was telling me.  “due to the meat products in the food, it is recommended to not leave canned food out un-refrigerated for more then 2 hours”.

This information is generally what we would follow, if it were our own food.  Un-refrigerated meat products, start forming bacteria that are harmful to our stomach.  These bacteria can cause vomiting and diarrhea in people as well as our pets.  Young healthy pets, probably will not be as affected as much as an older pet or a pet who may have health problems.

I did call this person back and explained what I had found.  I asked if her cat ever had any vomiting or diarrhea in the past.  I was told that yes, her cat did have vomiting and diarrhea in the past when they have gone away and left canned food in the feeder, but it was NOT from contaminated food, it was because the cat missed her so much, she worked herself up into being sick.  After a few days of being home, she stated the cat was fine.

Unfortunately, I could not convince this person that leaving canned food out for that long was not a good idea.  She thought I just wanted to book more visits with her, so she never did use our company.  I told her we would be happy to use the feeder with dry food but she did not want to feed the cat dry food.  She stated the cat did not like dry food.

Not sure what ever happened, but I do hope her kitty was okay.

After this, I changed how I fed my own cats and dogs.  I do feed canned food.  They are fed twice a day and whatever they do not eat within a half hour is picked up, discarded or refrigerated until the next feeding.  I don’t want my babies to ever feel bad because of something I did or didn’t do.

Do you feed canned food?  Did you know that it should not be left out all day?

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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6 Disaster Planning Ideas for You & Your Pets

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 Certified Animal Disaster First Responder explains

What you should do to plan and prepare in case of disaster

for you, your family and pets

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Every year disaster hits in the US. It could be a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, fire. However, it could also be a water main break, fuel tank truck accident, a deranged person on the loose!!

Disaster Planning for you and your pets NOW is essential to ensure less stress all around.

As the owner of one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire and the owner of quite a few pets of my own, I was concerned after 9/11, what I should be doing to keep my family safe. I researched and found classes to become certified through a few organizations and compiled quite a lot of great information.
Here are 6 ideas to do now and have ready if you ever get that knock on the door that says you need to leave NOW

  • Never leave your pets.

You don’t know how bad the situation is or isn’t. You don’t know if or when you may return, it could be minutes, hours, days, weeks or never, depending on the situation. Also, the situation may look not that bad now, but it could always get worse. Be on the safe side and take them with you.

 

  • Have a “go” bag for you and your pets. Have one per person and per pet ( multiple pets can be combined).

For people, It should have a few days clothes, all weather gear, extra shoes, extra self care products (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, other personal care items), medications.

For pets, extra collars, leashes, a crate for each pet ( in case cats need to be crated for long times, it needs to be big enough for a bed, Litterboxes, food/ water), any special food, medications.

Have an area in your closet or pantry that you always stock and rotate to “go” food, such as bottled water (rule is 1 gallon per person per day, approx. 1 gallon per 2-4 dogs/6-9 cats per day, depending on sizes and medical), protein bars, canned food, portable plates, utensils, etc.

 

  • Have a list of places you could go with your pets.

Find multiple places that allow pets located out of your neighborhood, out of your town, maybe an hour away and maybe out of your state. In a rush of a disaster or emergency, the leg work you do here will be priceless. Why do you need so many? It depends on the emergency/ disaster. If it is something contained in your neighborhood, you really don’t need to travel so far but if it is a state emergency, you maybe forced to go farther. Having multiple listings will help you call and make reservations quickly before places book up. Everyone else will be in your same situation, so the faster you are in calling, the faster you will be in a place all settled. Places to consider could be family, friends, pet friendly hotels/ motels, bed and breakfasts, etc.

 

  • Make sure everyone in your home knows the plan

Everyone should know what to do, where to go and who to check in with so everyone knows each other is safe. In case cell phones are down as in the Boston bombings, have a few designated people out of state that all family members know to call. If for whatever reason, your family is split up because it happens while you are at work, school, shopping etc. , every one in your family needs to know the plan.

 

  • What about when I’m away and you are pet sitting for us?

We always ask for two emergency people, preferably one is within walking distance. This person should have a key to your home and is willing in this type of situation to help your pets. This should be prearranged. This is only for a disaster emergency situation. Whether roads are impassable or evacuation. Can’t I depend on my pet sitter? No, if roads are impassable, then we can’t get there. Also, we literally have hundreds of pets in our care daily. We can not transport or house that many. Our disaster plan is to do what we can by keeping them in their own homes, we will make sure all pets have extra food and water, put pets in a designated place in a home if owners choose.

If we are able to stay with pets in the home, especially with any medical issues we will, but its not always possible.

If we can take pets with us we will, but again, it’s not always possible.

You need to have a plan B. A trusted neighbor who only has to help their family and your pets in this emergency is more likely then us helping over 100 pets scattered all over.

 

  • Plan, plan, plan.

We all tend to think it happens some where else to some one else. We all get busy and forget. When I was being certified for Animal Disaster Response, I researched as much as I could from many resources. I compiled this information into my “Disaster Planning for You and Your Pets”. There is a lot of information, ideas and suggestions. If you could break it down and do just a few things every week, you will eventually be prepared. If you never need to use your plan, great but if you are ever in this situation, with your mind in panic mode, you will have a step by step guide to follow. When you and your family, (human and pets) are all safe, you will be glad you prepared.

Do you want more ideas? I have researched and compiled all the information on disaster planning from many organizations such as Red Cross, Humane Society of the US, American Humane Association, FEMA and more!

Here’s my link: Disaster Planning for Your and Your Pets

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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