Our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent severe weather affecting much of the United States. In the event of an emergency, it’s important to have a disaster response plan in place for your family, companion animals, and community cat colonies. Read our disaster readiness and response advice at http://www.alleycat.org/DisasterTips.

Keep in mind that community cats are resourceful. The outdoors is their home, and animals tend to “sense” when severe weather is coming: they will seek safe places instinctually.

If you need to evacuate, bring your pets with you but do not try to trap and contain unsocialized community cats. Have a safe place to go ahead of time, and be sure to bring your emergency supply kits.

After the disaster has passed and it is safe to return, begin cleaning up the colony area, check feeding stations, and look for the cats in your colony. Don’t panic if the cats aren’t waiting when you get back—they can hide for days after severe weather. If any are missing, contact your local shelters and determine which agencies, if any, are on the ground in your area assisting animals.

Many regional news outlets are listing local resources. You can also reach out to Alley Cat Allies for advice and support at info@alleycat.org, Subject: Disaster Response, or call toll-free 1-866-271-5534.

When you contact us for help, please let us know:

  • The type of animal assistance you need
  • Where you are located
  • Number of cats
  • Your contact information

If you need local assistance, request a list of Feral Friends Network members in your area at http://www.alleycat.org/FindFeralFriends.

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