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Hurricanes and Pets: Don’t Forget Toby!

Hurricanes and Pets

If you have lived in South Florida through at least one hurricane season, you know that you cannot escape the on-going local news broadcast of an approaching hurricane. Wherever you go, you will hear people talking about the nearing hurricane to the extent that some are completely indifferent and others are preparing for what looks like the end of the world. What do you do when considering hurricanes and pets?

Thankfully unlike other natural disasters, we have advanced warning of hurricanes; the question is whether or not we choose to prepare appropriately. We are going to discuss in this blog how to prepare for our smaller, four-legged family members so we are not left last minute trying to make plans during an oncoming hurricane. Hurricanes and pets don’t easily shelter together. The Sun-Sentinal reported that when Hurricane Irma was approaching, shelters filled up fast leaving many pet owners unsure of what to do or where to go.

The reality is some of us live in evacuation zones. 

When it is time to leave, it’s very important that you leave.

How do you properly prepare in advance for hurricanes and pets? How do you find out which emergency shelters accept pets? Here is some helpful information to act on now:

Making a plan for you and your pet is #1. If you are leaving your home, where will you go?

Have a plan A and plan B in case roads are too congested and planes and trains are all booked.

  • Will you stay with a family member or friend out of the area – PLAN A
  • Will you go to a local emergency shelter that also accepts animals – PLAN B

Did you know that not all emergency shelters accepts animals? Know the ones that do!

Find a pet-friendly emergency shelter near you and be prepared, having the piece of mind that you have a plan.

Don’t forget to make a pet emergency kit. Pet MD reminds us to not forget the obvious and not-so- obvious:

Enough water for three days, non-perishable food (include a can opener if needed), a solid carrier, litter, litter box, puppy pads, plastic bags, medicine and medical records for both you and your pet in waterproof containers, extra leash, and a picture of your pet on you in case the worst happens and you get separated. Tags and/or microchipping your pet will also make it easier to recover, should it get lost.

For more information on pet identification, what animals are allowed in emergency shelters, a First-Aid Kit, a pet shelter plan, and how to best prepare and plan for your other types of pets, CLICK HERE.

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