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Microchipping and Enrollment in HomeAgain® Database is Critical in the Event of Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Other Natural Disasters

Roseland, N.J., June 1, 2009 � According to the National Weather Service, Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth, and can face natural disasters ranging from tornadoes and hurricanes to thunderstorms, floods, wildfires and earthquakes � depending on where they live. Today, the summer storm season is officially here, and Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health encourages pet owners to take the necessary steps to protect their pets should disaster strike.

"Four years ago, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and in many floods, fires and tornadoes since, we learned the importance of being proactive when it comes to pet safety," says Gary MacPhee, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, Director, HomeAgain Business Unit. "Even the most responsible pet owners can become accidentally or unexpectedly separated from their pets, especially during a time of crisis. Microchipping and enrolling your pets in a national pet recovery database offers the best chance of being reunited with them if they get lost."

Microchipping is a permanent form of pet identification that�unlike a collar and tag alone�cannot fall off, wear out, or become impossible to read. A veterinarian can implant the microchip. The procedure is quick and inexpensive, and no anesthetic is required. Your pet should not react any more than he would to a routine vaccination. MacPhee says that if your pets are already microchipped, it's important to make sure they are enrolled in a national, secure recovery database such as HomeAgain (www.homeagain.com).

"Enrolling your pet's microchip ID and keeping your contact information up-to-date in a national pet recovery database is as important as getting your pet microchipped to begin with," says MacPhee. "Recently, a cat lost in Seattle for nine months was reunited with its owner, even though the owner had relocated to Tucson, Ariz. The owner took the time to update his contact information in the HomeAgain database prior to his departure, so a successful reunion could take place."

Plan Ahead

Using a microchip can help save pets' lives and reduce the burden of overcrowding on animal shelters in the event of a disaster, but there are additional ways to prepare your pets for an emergency situation.

Evacuation shelters (for people) generally don't accept pets except for service animals, so it's important to look into alternatives to make certain your family and pets will have a safe place to stay. Research pet-friendly hotels or motels or check with friends, relatives, veterinary offices or boarding facilities to see if they will care for pets in an emergency.

The Humane Society of the Unites States suggests creating a disaster kit specifically for your pet. Then store the contents in a waterproof container or bag that can be easily transported. If residing in an area prone to seasonal disasters, such as flooding or hurricanes that may require evacuation, create a kit and keep it in the car. Contents of a pet disaster kit may include:

  • Food and water for at least five days for each pet
  • Medications and copies of medical records along with the name and number of your veterinarian
  • Cat litter box, litter, garbage bags
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers along with blankets and towels
  • Current photos and descriptions of your pets
  • Pet beds and toys
  • Information about your pets' feeding schedules, medical conditions or other unique behavioral challenges
About HomeAgain

HomeAgain is a national pet recovery service that goes beyond microchipping. Once enrolled, a pet's microchip will be registered in the HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database for its lifetime. In addition, the annual HomeAgain membership includes:

  • Live Pet Recovery Specialists always available at 1-888-HomeAgain
  • Lost Pet Alerts with a Lost Pet Poster sent to veterinary clinics, shelters and PetRescuers
  • 24/7 Emergency Medical Telephone Assistance
  • Medical Insurance for Lost Dogs or Cats, up to $3,000 (less a $50 deductible) offered by PetFirst Healthcare
  • Travel expenses of up to $500 for dogs or cats found more than 500 miles from home

HomeAgain memberships are renewable annually for a fee of $14.99.

Interviews are available with HomeAgain pet identification experts, as well as local veterinarians in your area who can discuss the importance of permanent identification for pets and the critical step of enrolling the microchip number with the pet owner's contact information in a national database. This helps ensure that pets can be reunited with their owners after natural disasters such as hurricanes or tornadoes. For more information on HomeAgain, visit homeagain.com or contact Sharon Dilling at 862-245-3390 or sharon.dilling@spcorp.com.

About Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health is a leader in research and dedicated to the development, production and marketing of innovative, high-quality animal-health products for all major farm and companion animal species. For more information about Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health visit: www.intervet.com and www.intervetusa.com.

Schering-Plough is an innovation-driven, science-centered global health care company. Through its own biopharmaceutical research and collaborations with partners, Schering-Plough creates therapies that help save and improve lives around the world. The company applies its research-and-development platform to human prescription and consumer products as well as to animal health products. Schering-Plough's vision is to "Earn Trust, Every Day" with the doctors, patients, customers and other stakeholders served by its colleagues around the world. The company is based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA, and its website is www.schering-plough.com.

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