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Pet shelters can be part of your hurricane plan

Pet owners should have a plan in place for their animals before a hurricane threatens.

Waiting until the last minute or hoping you will be able to take pets with you will only make matters worse. Most public shelters do not allow pets. Even though it may be hard to part with your favorite pet, the best option is to find a hurricane pet shelter.

Hurricane Katrina was a tragic example.

Scores of people refused to evacuate without their pets, fearing the animals wouldn't survive if left behind. Others were forced to abandon pets. As a result, many people died because they refused to leave their animals. An estimated 600,000 pets died or were left homeless.

Public shelters that do accept pets generally only take dogs and cats, although Hillsborough accepts birds and ferrets. If you own any other type of animal, you will have to make other arrangements.

If you take your pet to a shelter, store a photo of you and your pet in case you are separated. Also, take along vaccination paperwork, which is required by shelters and boarding facilities. Label items with your name and your pet's name and bring a carrier or crate large enough for your pet to move around.

And if you absolutely cannot part ways with your pet, consider evacuating to a hotel or motel that accepts animals.

For more information, contact your local animal shelter. For Pinellas County, call (727) 582-2150; Citrus County, call (352) 726-7660; Hillsborough County, call (813) 744-5660; Pasco County, call (813) 929-1212; and Hernando County, call (352) 797-5838.

Pet shelters can be part of your hurricane plan 05/17/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2014 9:05pm]
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