Workshop on Pet Preparedness for Emergencies

By October 22, 2019October 29th, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (October 22, 2019) In the event of a natural disaster, relying on an emergency plan helps keep our loved ones safe. That extends to pets, as well. Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with the City of Los Altos, offers a workshop on Pet Preparedness, Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 9am-noon.

Instructions on what to pack in a pet’s emergency kit, medical evaluation of dogs and cats, and how to apply first aid and safely care for an injured house pet will be presented by Jon Boucher, Engineer/Paramedic from the City of Santa Clara Fire Department. The program is in support of the Museum’s exhibition, “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” which runs through January 19, 2020.

“We included a section on pet preparedness in our current exhibition because pets are an important part of the family,” said Dr. Amy Ellison, Co-Curator of the exhibition, along with Ann Hepenstal from the City of Los Altos. “The theme of the exhibition is about how communities can assist one another during the powerful acts of nature that disrupt our daily routines. Pets are as affected by these upheavals as their human family members. This workshop will offer more in-depth information on how to keep our four-legged friends safe.”

Admission is free, but reservations are required at 

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,