Plan for Your Four-legged Friends This Hurricane Season
TAMPA BAY - The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Tampa Bay reminds pet owners to keep man's best friend safe this year and develop an evacuation plan that includes the whole family.
"We learned a lot from these past active hurricane seasons," said Connie Brooks, Director of Operations, SPCA and Chairperson for the Disaster Animal Response Team (DART). "The most important lesson was to make a plan for your pets before an impending hurricane. Microchip your pets, and take them with you if you evacuate."
The first step in disaster preparedness is creating a "Pet Survival Kit." Have your pet's cage or carrier and survival kit prepared in advance, whether evacuating or not. If you do not have a cage or carrier, buy one. Keep items in a watertight container. Label all items with a tag or waterproof marker. Also include:
If evacuation is inevitable and your designated shelter does not allow animals, don't leave your pet(s) behind. There are alternatives such as "pet friendly" shelters, family and friends in safe areas and hotel/motels that accept pets.
In 2007, three shelters were recommended to and approved by the Pinellas County School Board: Thurgood Marshall Middle School in St. Petersburg, Oak Grove Middle School in Clearwater, and Dunedin Middle School in Dunedin.
Your pet(s) are a part of the family. Disaster preparedness for your furry friend is critical and could be the key to their survival if a catastrophe occurs.
Important Numbers/Web sites to keep on hand:
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