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  1. Heather

    I use the ICE feature on my cellphone for this info, even including detailed feeding instructions in the notes.

    When ICE is opened on my phone, one of the first lines reads: “I have animals at home that need to be fed.” That way if a first responder checks my phone they’ll see it immediately.

  2. Lorue

    I worked for nearly 30 years in the Emergency Room. Unidentified and unconscious people were frequently our patients. I alway checked on possible pets, but that was because it was a personal priority. It would not get done if there was not someone like me doing it. The one suggestion I would make to the pet notification card would be to incorporate it into the “people” notification card, including who/how to notify, doctors, plus medications, critical medical information. Once the “people” notification information was found, the pet card might be inadvertently overlooked.

    1. Damiane de Wit-Guzman

      Excellent advice! Knowing the patient has pets doesn’t help unless there’s someone to contact to let them know.

    2. Cheryl Mallon-Bond

      Very good you mentioned that, because like you said, your own personal investment in the welfare of animals is what makes you think to look at the persons information about petcare, but not everyone else would think, or care to do that. I would like to add to your suggestion. The person who would be my #1 contact if something were to happen to me or my husband, is NOT the same person that would be the one to care for my pets. Not everyone knows how to deal specifically w/ animals, especially cats & how to medicate them. It would be hard enough for ANYONE other than me & my husband to do this, because our animals are familiar w/ us doing it, & cats especially can become very weird w/ someone else medicating them. If the person chosen to care for the pets is specifically animal savvy, it will be way better than just a “regular person” trying to approach my an animal (especially cats) to medicate them. Also, make sure that your animal care giver has keys to your apt/house ahead of time, in the event something happens; if they don’t & they have to meet up with a family member to get them first, & both people live a distance from one another, an animal(s) that needs pertinent medication at a scheduled time, a long delay could potentially cause a health complication, such as an animal needing a diabetic isulin shot, or other urgent medical necessity. This is why I love this forum, we can all brainstorm together to help the animals we love! 🙂

  3. Pacific Sun

    This is such a practical idea my guess is many of us forget about. In cases of emergency everybody searches for a Drivers License or ID Card in the person’s purse or wallet. So I’d tape a one-line reminder on the back of it like: “Contact [name of & phone #] to care for my pets.” After all, your personal in case of emergency person might be a semi-long distance relative or friend. But if you can make a cooperative arrangement with a next door neighbor even better. In our area we have earthquake and other evacuation scenarios. We also have a sticker on the window right next to the front door that says please remember to rescue the number and kind of pets in the home owner’s absence.

    By the way, for people in California, unless you make specific arrangements with a designated person to come into your home to round up your pets in your absence (should something dire happen to you) they will be considered “property” and under State regulation Animal Control may end with them. That’s even before people get to the reading of a Will or Trust.

  4. Janie

    BRILLIANT idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I will certainly put this up on my website.
    Thank you so much for all you do!


  5. Alice - Alley Kat

    It is also good to make an ICE packet and leave it in the glove box of your vehicle(s) and one in the freezer portion of your refrigerator. Thank you Heather for the idea of putting info in my cell phone ICE app.

    If you travel and have pets it is a good idea to leave instructions with your pet sitter/boarding facility as to whom to contact to care for your pets in case of your extended illness or death. Being a pet sitter, I have a form that I have all my clients fill out with that information so I know how to proceed in these situations. I also use Health Directives for the pets if they are ill/elderly as to the client’s wishes for the remains if their pet passes while in my care. I have a policy in my pet sitting business that I require all clients to call/text me when they arrive home and I let them know that in case of an emergency on their part I will continue to care for the pets until notified by the client or family member that other arrangements have now been made for continued care.

    1. Kathleen Spitzer

      I saw the pdf file you posted the url for. Very nice. I will be printing it out.

  6. Jan

    I don’t have a card like that but I do have an emergency alert for my health issues and a couple of years ago added care information on that alert about my cat and what i feed her plus what she has been diagnosed with. I also gave the name of my vet and a friend who has sat for her as a contact person. I also have posted on my fridge instructions for Nutmeg (food, water, etc.) should anything happen to me. Our pets are vitally important and have been given to us to cherish and care for. Proverbs 12:10 says, “Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his animal…” We have to care for our pets like we do humans for they are utterly dependent on us. I am glad to see this card alert.

  7. Sabienne

    This is excellent, Susan. I am including info for a second contact as well. Thank you.

  8. 2MuttsMom

    I keep a LARGE Plastic CARD card on a key ring NEXT to our dogs Car Harness Rack..that I SNAP onto my car keys . Whenever I transport them.. I started doing this Several years ago when there was a horrible fatal head on collision on the highway near our rural home… All the occupants of one car were ejected…. the husband died at the scene, his wife was rushed to the hospital… Family members searched for their 2 boxers that were in the car… One was found trailing his broken harness 3 miles away 4 days after the accident… the other one was never found… the ER people on the scene remembered the dogs hovering nearby but did not realize they belonged to the occupants. In case of an Emergency PLEASE SAVE MY DOG.. CALL (xxx) xxx-xxxx (I TAPE a note ON the card with the Date & Time

    1. Maggie

      Unspeakably sad.

  9. S.

    My dog’s breeder made her own one of those years ago, along with taping a big, printed note to the dash in her two cars. They both say that she lives alone and has dogs that require her immediate care. She lists three contacts: myself since I’m closest, her friend a few hours away who also has control of medical decisions for her, and a third friend 10 hours away.

  10. Nan Holcomb

    Thanks for sharing this; great suggestions!

  11. Sue W

    Wow, I just suggested this “all pet,” vs just dog, redo of an existing card yesterday. People were thrilled with the idea. Thanks to Roxanne H. For getting the template rolling!

    Based off this

    Some more info from Ashley B: “You can go to and create / customize your own personal key tag with whatever you wish (Might want to keep it short so it’ll fit)

    The tags are: 2.39 each and shipping is 2.99

    So then you can print off the business card Roxanne showed you, have that clipped to your key ring and viola!

    You can see the other options here:

    I’ve not ordered through them before but I’m considering doing so for cage tags!”

  12. NYDogWhisperer

    Where is the best place to carry this where medical people would look and where can I buy one?

  13. mina

    This is a wonderful ideas, that help me to realize something important that I need to do for my cat. I have to find someone who will be helping me, it’s hard because my relatives they don’t like pets. I will try to ask around. Thank you Regards. Minhtrinh.

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