Keeping Pets Safe During a Hurricane

By: Bailey Myers Email
By: Bailey Myers Email

By: Bailey Myers
May 29, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Hurricanes can destroy homes and take lives, Family pets can also be affected.

In a hurricane, Grayson Walters and her children, one golden retriever and two cats, plan on leaving town together.

"I dont have any kids. So those are my kids. So they would be going with me wherever we go," said Walter.

This plan is not one everyone follows, and pets may be left behind during emergency situations.

"We are in the mindset that you just leave your pet at home. And a lot of pets were lost that way," Said Perri Dale, Assistant Director for the Tallahassee Animal Services Center. "Even if you return and your pets are okay, it would be a very stressful time for them."

In a disaster situation it's important to have three things ready to go in case your pet needs assistance. One is a pet carrier, the second are the vet records and the third is a collar with your name and phone number and any of their vaccine records.

"So it's good to have everything ready. You know, have your pet ID, have your materials together because you just never know. It's better to be safe than sorry," said Dale.

Another way to ID your dog is through a micro chip. Animal shelters and veterinary offices use these chips throughout the country to identify pets. If you are separated from your pet during a hurricane, the chip with your information will aide in the search for your missing friend.

When disaster strikes make sure you have the name and phone number for your local animal shelter in case your pet is lost. And if you are unable to bring your pet along when you're evacuating, it's important to know if your local veterinarian or boarder has room to hold your animal.

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