Hill's has a strong record of responding when emergency resources are needed during major natural disasters. Specifically, Hill's assisted shelters during Hurricanes Sandy, Isaac and Katrina, the Waldo Canyon wildfire near Colorado Springs, the tornadoes in Joplin, MO, and the tsunami in Japan. Hill's also joined forces with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation in 2010 to support more than 90 veterinary shelters and clinics along the Gulf Coast struggling to respond to a record number of pets in need, whose owners were unable to provide needed pet food and medical care in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill.
In support of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 11, Hill’s is also emphasising the steps pet owners can take to prepare for disasters before they happen.
According to Dr. Dan Aja, Director of U.S. Professional and Veterinary Affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, it is essential to prepare before disaster strikes to ensure you know what to do and have the resources needed to care for your pet during an emergency. "Because owners have such strong bonds with their pets, we want to encourage pet parents to think about how their pets factor into their evacuation plans. Taking precautionary steps can help avoid delays in the event of an emergency," said Dr. Aja.
Hill’s advises pet owners to take the following steps to prepare your pet for an emergency event, including evacuation: