Hello, friends. I am very, very sorry for this late post, especially given that it's Friendly Fill-Ins day. It's been a couple of wild days around here, and now it's going to be a couple of wild months. See our fill-in #2 for why.
That said, it is indeed time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. We'd love for you to join us! My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.
1. _________ should come with _________.
(We've mentioned over the past couple of days how poor pup Astrid very recently had a leg injury that was diagnosed as a torn CCL, which is like a human tearing their ACL. We had a surgical consult yesterday, and her surgery is now scheduled for October 11. Astrid isn't getting her usual walks right now because she's hopping on three legs and that's just not great for her. It also puts her at an even greater risk of tearing her other back leg's CCL, and that's a great big no thank you. Even better—and please note my sarcasm there—Astrid's surgery recovery will entail strict crate rest for 6 weeks. We'll be giving more details on this as hyperactive Astrid lives the crate rest nightmare. SOS.)
(None of you cat blogging friends of ours think twice of my kitty obsession, but I don't often meet people like you all in real life. When people learn about my multiple cats, one of the few topics on which I can and will talk endlessly, most people look at me like I'm nuts. Especially when they find out one is hind limb paralyzed and all that jazz. People don't know what they're missing out on.)
Obviously, evacuating feral furbabies may not be anywhere nearly as easy as relocating your tame, indoor kitties or pups. However, do still do all that you can to ensure that you include ferals or strays under your care in the event of an emergency. Especially if there is a known threat of a disaster, try to find a way to access traps or other means of capturing and transporting ferals. And, of course, do your research ahead of time regarding safe areas that would be willing to take in ferals or strays in the event of an emergency. There may indeed be organizations willing to help with this feat. Therefore, also do your research in this regard and reach out to various animal rescue organizations to determine if they can offer assistance.
Another consideration to make are animals such as horses and livestock. As best as absolutely possible, try to always think ahead, even before a disaster is even on the immediate horizon, and make sure that you have access to trailers and other necessities for relocating large animals. And, again, do your research ahead of time regarding where you might be able to safely relocate animals such as horses or livestock.
Trying to orchestrate the relocation of numerous animals in the event of a disaster can indeed be very daunting. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, time or resources are short. In the end, though, you have to simply do the absolute best that you can. The best way to indeed do the absolute best you can is to always think ahead, be prepared, and have a plan. Make sure that you take the time to research safe options for all creatures under your care, and then, accordingly, make plans that could be implemented in the event of a disaster or other emergency.