The Pet Ready! Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness for Animal Lovers Program is scheduled Saturday at Foothill College. The program teaches pet owners emergency preparedness for animals.
In addition to campus tours, the event will include a bandaging demonstration conducted by veterinary professionals and emergency experts and a canine search-and-rescue operation demonstrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Adobe Animal Hospital practice manager Summer Holmstrand encouraged families to attend the event.
“It’s great for all ages,” she said. “It gives (kids and other participants) something they can control when the circumstances may be scary.”
Holmstrand advises pet owners to keep at least four days’ supplies stockpiled in an accessible home location for emergencies,
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, local veterinarian technicians including Carol Schumacher, owner of Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital, successfully lobbied the state of California to require animal rescue as part of all state disaster planning.
“Animals are part of our families, and people will put their lives at risk to rescue their animals,” Schumacher said.
Schumacher teaches preparedness to registered veterinarian technicians and is dedicated to securing an animal shelter location for residents in the northern areas of Santa Clara County. She noted that studies show that many New Orleans residents stayed behind as the hurricane approached because they didn’t want to abandon their pets as they retreated to shelters and evacuation locations that didn’t allow animals.
Schumacher plans to participate in this weekend’s Pet Ready! program to help pet owners take the first steps toward being prepared.
“We really have to consider what we’re going to do when the big one hits,” she said.
The Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America hosts the event with the support of Adobe Animal Hospital, Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital and the Los Altos Hills County Fire District.
The Pet Ready! program is scheduled 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Veterinary Technology Lab, Building 8500-8700, Room 8507, at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
To register or for more information, visit midpen.com/petready.