Free printable emergency information and record sheets for pets to help you consolidate key information for your first aid kit, go bag, and electronic records. I hope that you never need to use them in a genuine emergency, but it’s always best to be prepared.
Household Emergency Preparedness with Pets
I had been (procrastinating) planning to refresh our first aid kits along with other family readiness supplies and plans during the winter; however, I pulled things ahead a little this week after our furfriends at The Golden Scoop shared a pet preparedness post for Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. Our emergency kits have been checked, our pet-friendly first aid kits are currently in progress, and I finished updating our emergency information sheets this morning.
In addition to the handy infographic shared at The Golden Scoop, the ASPCA Disaster Preparedness website has comprehensive information for pet preparedness planning. Most national or local emergency organisations have guidance for your specific location. This is particularly helpful for local threat awareness and relevant resources and contacts. NZ furfriends can check Civil Defence and the government’s associated Get Ready website for information and resources.
Emergency Access to Pet Records and Information
Access to Essential Information
We keep a binder of records for each of our pets. However, in the event of a medical emergency, home emergency, or natural disaster, it helps to have essential information readily at hand in your first aid kit or go-bag. I also recommend keeping a copy on your mobile phone along with a safe back-up location with either a trusted person or secure online file (or both). You may not be at home when an emergency strikes and even if you are, access may not be feasible or safe.
If you don’t already have an emergency information sheet for your pet(s), you’re welcome to use ours as part of your preparedness updates. I prettied them up and have uploaded blank copies for free download. Unlike our usual convenient JPEG printable format, these are blank PDF and fillable MS Word format for ease of use in the program of your preference, and both are fully editable for customisation. See the quick tips below if you need help. copy, paste, font, colour, fill, resize, delete, etc all work. I really wanted to give you a template that you could customise for your needs so the editing is wide open. It was built in InDesign, so you may notice some sight differences from a standard document, but feel free experiment and make it yours!
Free Pet Emergency Sheet Templates
As with all of our printable freebies, these printables are free for your personal / non-commercial use as a little present from us to you. It’s absolutely not required, but it would be awesome and greatly appreciated if you followed us on social media, if you’re not already following the fun. We welcome social media shares and linking with love, but please link to this post, not the download direct. Thanks!
Note: Click the DOWNLOAD FILE HERE text links above to access the free template files. These freebies have been uploaded for sharing via Dropbox. The default paper size is A4 (our local standard) so remember to select “fit-to” if printing in a different size, such as standard letter. Only print what you want to use, and please recycle any extra bits or off cuts when you’re finished.
Using and Customising the Templates
Fillable MS Word Template
To fill in the information sheet in MS Word prior to printing, simply select and edit the text. Blue placeholder copy denotes user content; however, all text is editable if you wish to customise further. Select a placeholder image and in the format toolbar function choose “Change Picture” (screenshot shown below), which will open a window through which you can select a replacement image from your files. You can resize the images and/or text fields using click-drag if needed or click and delete unwanted content.
Caution: Don’t try to open / edit the file online direct from Dropbox. For some reason (?) these specially formatted Word documents usually look all wonky if you open them in Word online. At least at present. Download a copy of the file and then open it on your own device.
Blank PDF Template
Although the PDF version is provided primarily for easy print-and-fill use, it is also unlocked for customisation in capable versions of Adobe Acrobat (e.g. Acrobat DC) if you wish to make changes.