The Mercer Island Police Department wants to make sure that you get to enjoy the holidays with all of your family members … especially your pets!
This month, MIPD officers Rob Jira and Anna Ormsby offer some helpful tips on .
Tips to best prepare your pet for an emergency or accidental “escape”:
- Have your pets licensed AND micro chipped. Keep your pets medical/chip/license information updated as it changes and in a location where you can immediately access it in case of an emergency. Remember, microchips can “migrate” around your pet’s body over the years, so make sure a found pet is thoroughly scanned.
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and the tag has up-to-date contact information in case your pet runs away or gets lost.
- Have emergency food and water set aside for your pet in case of a natural disaster emergency. Keep this food and water with the emergency items that you keep for your family. Have enough food and water to last at least 3 days; 7-10 is recommended. Also, have crates/carriers that are easily accessible and ready to use with bedding they are used to.
- Keep a computer record of your pet’s medical/chip/license history with the emergency food. Send a copy of this information to an out of area friend/family member in case something happens to you.
- Have your pet neutered/spayed to prevent the urge to wander as well as reducing aggressive behavior.
If your pet is lost OR you have found a lost pet:
- If you have found a pet, take it to a vet clinic or the Humane Society and have it scanned.
- Call a Mercer Island pet care clinics to report the lost/found pet.
Mercer Island Veterinary Clinic: 206-232-0333
Mercy Vet: 206-232-7667
Island Cats Veterinary Hospital: 206-232-2837
- Make flyers with a photo of the pet if possible and contact information. Post these flyers at vet clinics, stop signs, intersections and park areas immediately.
- Post ads on Craigslist, the MI Reporter, or the MI Patch, leaving out at least one identifying feature for security purposes.
- Call the Humane Society and Animal Control, especially if a lost pet is not licensed or chipped.
Humane Society Eastgate location: 425-641-0080
Animal Control King County (Kent): 206-296-7387
- If you find these above locations are closed, please contact Aerowood Animal Hospital which is open 24/7.
Aerowood Animal Hospital
2975 156th AVE SE
Bellevue, WA 98007
(Ed. Note: The information provided above is from a Mercer Island Police community information bulletin.)