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The Humane Society of the United States Offers Assistance as Severe Weather Threatens Missouri Residents

The Humane Society of the United States offers assistance and guidance as tornado season and flash flood warnings continue to threaten Missouri residents. The HSUS has reached out to several local shelters and the state emergency management agency to assess the potential impact on animals and offer assistance. The HSUS urges animal welfare officials in need of disaster-related assistance to contact us at bschmitz@humanesociety.org.

“We are thankful that last week’s tornado did not cause more damage, but The Humane Society of the United States is prepared to offer assistance to animals affected during this potentially hazardous storm season,” said Barbara Schmitz, Missouri state director for The HSUS. “As the tornado and flood seasons continue it is important for pet owners to remember that if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. Always take your animals with you if you are asked to evacuate.”

Pet owners should have an emergency plan that includes the safety of their animals, and always be informed about the potential for evacuation in their area.

This emergency supply kit should include:

  • Three-or-more-day supply of food in airtight, waterproof container, and drinking water.
  • Bowls for food and water.
  • Current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings.
  • Medications, vaccination records and pet first aid supplies.
  • Comfort items such as a toy and blanket.
  • Small garbage bags.
  • For dogs include: leash, harness and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area.
  • For cats include: litter and litter box and a sturdy carrier large enough for transport.

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" restriction 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 location.

More than 358 million pets reside in 63 percent of American households. A Zogby International poll found that 61 percent of pet owners will not evacuate if they cannot bring their pets with them.

For more tips on preparedness plans that include your pets, visit humanesociety.org/prepare

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