Whether you are in a car accident, or a family member you know is in an emergency, there is always the question about what to do with the pets. Cats, for the most part, are independent enough that you just have to make sure somebody shows up to feed and water them every couple of days and clean the litter box. Dogs, on the other hand, are another story. If you are in the midst of an emergency situation, the pooch has to go somewhere else. Here is what you can do and what dog day care in emergencies looks like.
Call the Doggie Daycare Right Away
Most doggie daycares close after 6 pm as the employees have to go home to their families. If you need someone after this time, you will probably get a phone relay that sends you to someone's voicemail or pager. Some doggie daycares in larger cities have a "911" text code you can use to alert the daycare to an emergency situation. If they are able to respond, they may even pick your dog up for you and keep the dog until you can pick the dog up from the daycare.
Ask a Friend or Family Member to Take the Dog Until the Doggie Daycare Opens
If your dog has already been to a specific daycare, then you know it is probably okay to drop the dog off in emergencies. If it is after-hours and your dog's daycare does not offer emergency pick-up service, you may have to find a friend or family member who can get the dog and keep your furry friend overnight until the morning. At that point, the dog can be dropped off at the daycare with information regarding your emergency situation and when you expect to return to pick up the dog.
Be Financially Prepared for Emergency Expenses
You may already have an emergency savings account for times like these, but did you remember to put away money for boarding your dog when this happens? Some doggie daycares charge overnight fees for boarding a pet for you, and it could get very expensive very fast. A week to two weeks could cost as little as $300, with middle ground around $500-$600 and ending at around $1,000 for boarding during emergency situations with emergency pick-up services. If you have that socked away, then at least your pooch will be safe and cared for until you recover.
For more information about doggie daycare and what you should do in an emergency situation, talk to a facility like Club K9.
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