As we get ready for those summer holidays, think about taking your pets with you. They can be wonderful travel companions with careful planning. Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) offers these tips for traveling with your pet.
Make sure your pet has a health examination before you travel, and is current on all vaccines. Take your shot records and health certificates with you on your trip.
Your pet needs good identification, too, just in case you get separated. Make sure the pet is wearing a good collar with a tag that identifies you as the owner. Include your cell phone number on the identification. Microchipping your pet will help with expediting a reunion. Take a recent photo of your pet with you to assist in the identification of your pet.
Plan to take all your pets' food needed for the time you are gone. Also, consider bringing along the water they drink at home. Favorite toys and pet beds will make the trip a much better experience for your pal. Towels and cleaning supplies will help with accidents. If your pet is on medication make sure to take it along with a copy of the prescription.
Research the rules of your accommodations and/or airline before leaving. Many airlines and hotels often have very strict rules.
Your pet will need a well-ventilated crate large enough to stand, turn around, and comfortably lie down. A cat needs a crate and habitat large enough for a bed, litter box, food and water. Both should be secured to avoid shifting with sudden stops or acceleration when driving.
Try to avoid traveling during extreme weather conditions. Make regular stops so everyone can stretch and take potty breaks. Never leave your pet in a car unattended as hot or cold temperatures can be very dangerous. Happy trails to you and your pet!
PET OF THE WEEK: Meet Sage! She's absolutely beautiful and oh-so-sweet. She's 5 years old and a perfect companion.
DOG ALLEY: The Alameda shelter has 21 available dogs. FINN is a black-and-tan Pomeranian, about 4 years old and very cute. SCOUT is a tan Finnish spitz and Chihuahua mix, about 3 years old.
CAT LAIR: The Alameda shelter has 29 available cats. Kitten season has arrived, and FAAS has several ready for adoption.
RABBIT ROW: HOLLY is a 4-year-old, brown-and-white mini-lop. He's a real handsome little guy.
Upcoming FAAS events
Pet Loss Support Group -- 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, FAAS Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda. Led by Jill Goodfriend, RN, LCSW. For more information or to RSVP, contact Goodfriend at 510-393-1359.
Second Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 15, Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal, Alameda. Register at http://faas2ndannualwigglewagglewalk.eventbrite.com/
Maddie's Pet Adoption Days -- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the shelter and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bay Fair Mall on June 1-2. All feline and canine adoptions are free the entire weekend.
Mim Carlson, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter's executive director, is filling in while Linda Treml is away. Visit the Alameda Animal Shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way at Grand Street, call the shelter at 510-337-8565 or visit petharbor.com to view the animals.