November 9, 2009
Take Pets When Evacuating for Ida, Reminds The HSUS
Residents along the Gulf Coast who are evacuating ahead of Tropical Storm Ida are advised to bring their pets.
"It is crucial that residents are prepared to take pets with them if evacuation orders are issued," advised Scotlund Haisley, The HSUS' senior director of emergency services. "If it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets."
The HSUS is standing by in case the need for emergency sheltering and rescue arises.
Pet owners should have an emergency plan that includes providing for the safety of their animals. They should also stay informed about the potential for evacuation in their area.
This emergency supply kit should include:
- A three-or-more-day supply of food in airtight, waterproof containers, and drinking water.
- Bowls for food and water.
- Current photos and physical descriptions of pets, including details on markings.
- Medications, vaccination records and first-aid pet supplies.
- Comfort items such as a toy and blanket.
- Small garbage bags.
- For dogs, include leashes, harnesses and sturdy carriers large enough to use as a sleeping area.
- For cats, include litter, litter boxes and sturdy carriers large enough for transport.
If officials call for an evacuation, pet owners should be aware that many evacuation shelters do not accept pets, and they must plan their destination in advance. Hotels and motels may be willing to lift "no pet" restrictions in an emergency. Friends and family members living outside the area may be able to provide shelter too. Please check with your local animal shelter or emergency management office to determine if a pet friendly emergency shelter will be set up in your area.
More than 358 million pets reside in 63 percent of American households. For more tips on preparedness plans that include your pets, visit humanesociety.org/prepare.
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