October 6, 2016
The Humane Society of the United States deploys Animal Rescue Team to South Carolina
Animals will be taken to emergency placement shelters ahead of Hurricane Matthew
“We are grateful to be working with the Charleston Animal Society and Greenville County Animal Care to ensure animals will be safely housed during this strong storm,” said Wanda Merling, senior manager of disaster response for The HSUS. “Shelters often experience overcrowding during hurricanes so early preparation is key. We hope residents are taking this threat seriously and are evacuating with their animals to safe ground.”
- Start preparing for the emergency early. Make sure pets are wearing collars and updated identification tags in case you get separated. Assemble an emergency kit for you and your pet.
- If you evacuate, take your pet with you. If your home is not safe for you, it is not safe for your pet.
- If you decide to stay, take extra precautions. Eliminate or block off unsafe nooks and crannies where frightened animals may hide, remove dangerous items, and keep your pets inside of the house. Listen to the radio if you can to stay abreast of weather and safety updates.
- Dutchess County SPCA in Hyde Park,New York
- Angels of Assisi in Roanoke, Virginia
- Hudson Mohawk Humane Society in Menands, New York
- Animal Care Sanctuary in East Smithfield, Pennsylvania
- SPCA of Anne Arundel County in Annapolis, Maryland
- Washington Animal Rescue League-Washington Humane Society in Washington, DC
- Tri County Animal Shelter in Hughesville, Maryland
- Humane Society of Washington County in Hagerstown, Maryland