Pets are family. The moment we decide to have one, we are virtually sworn in for a lifetime duty of looking after them until they breathe their last.

Unlike humans, pets are unable to take care of themselves in times of distress. Come to think of it, what kind of person would leave them behind during a typhoon?

As disasters can happen without warning, it is best for pet owners to always be prepared for the worst. Here are some useful tips:

Don’t leave them outside, especially during bad weather. Pets, such as cats and dogs, tend to get scared with heavy rains and thunderstorms that cause them fear and great anxiety.

Keep a leash or carrier with your pet’s name, your name and contact number near your door. These may come in handy in case there’s a need for immediate evacuation.

Should you need to leave home, take your pets with you. They have less chances of surviving if left tied or locked up. If possible, practice evacuating them with your family so you’ll know what to do when the time comes.

Have your pet wear a collar or tag (containing your contact details) for easier identification if they get lost along the way.

As disasters can happen without warning, it is best for pet owners to always be prepared for the worst. Here are some useful tips:

Don’t leave them outside, especially during bad weather. Pets, such as cats and dogs, tend to get scared with heavy rains and thunderstorms that cause them fear and great anxiety.

Keep a leash or carrier with your pet’s name, your name and contact number near your door. These may come in handy in case there’s a need for immediate evacuation.

Should you need to leave home, take your pets with you. They have less chances of surviving if left tied or locked up. If possible, practice evacuating them with your family so you’ll know what to do when the time comes.

Have your pet wear a collar or tag (containing your contact details) for easier identification if they get lost along the way.

Pets in areas affected by typhoons should have up-to-date contact information on their pet collars, according to an animal welfare group.

Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) shared tips on how to take care of pets during this time.

“Indicate up-to-date contact information on the pet collar. In case you and your pet get separated, your pet can be easily returned to you,” PAWS said.

PAWS also advised pet owners to also keep a leash or carrier near the exit of their homes.

PAWS is also encouraging pet owners to ask relatives and friends to temporarily shelter their pets in case the evacuation area will not allow animals.

Typhoon Rolly (International name Goni) made landfall on Sunday morning, with weather officials predicting “catastrophic wind damage” as it roars through the Philippines.