Your pet should be part of your Hurricane Plan. During
Hurricane Ivan there were reports of people who refused to evacuate and
leave their pets behind. There is no reason to put yourself or your pet in
that kind of danger. Here's a checklist of things to consider to take
care of your pet in the event of a hurricane.
Preparing Your Pet For A Hurricane
will evacuate, determine where your pet will stay.
will be staying with friends or relatives, make sure you may bring
will stay in a hotel, confirm in advance that they will allow pets.
cannot take your pet with you, reserve space at an animal clinic or
boarding kennel. Call early, space maybe limited. Ask about any
required vaccinations and additional fees, if you cannot return
immediately to pick up your pet.
final option is one that no pet owner should have to exercise. If you
evacuate (and leave your pet) and your home is even partially
destroyed, you should prepare your family for the possible loss of
your pet. That's not a very pleasant thought and frankly it's just
not necessary. But, if you are forced to leave your pet, confine it to
a pet carrier in an interior closet or bathroom with an ample supply
of drinking water and food. Include other familiar items such as chew
toys, blankets, etc.
pet food, water and your pet's other needs (i.e., medication) in
your Hurricane Plan.
spaying or neutering your pet.
portable pet carrier is a must for each pet. It should be large enough
to allow the pet room to stand up and turn around.
your pet by mid-May.
your pet by current license and rabies tags and/or microchipping,
tattooing, or freeze branding.
clear photos of your pet(s), and store them with ownership papers and
pets, such as snakes and birds, require special containers (not
glass!) If they escape during the storm, the odds of getting them back
Shelter for Your Pet
If you live in an evacuation zone, have a hurricane plan
for your pet prior to the start of hurricane season (June 1st till
November 30th). Contact veterinary clinics and boarding facilities in your
area to reserve space for your pet. Call early, space is always limited.
Make sure your pet is wearing a collar
with an ID and a leash.
Pet shelters cannot accept unvaccinated
animals. Proof of inoculation is required.
Bring pet food (enough for at least
three days), bottled water and all necessary medications.
Small animals should be transported in
a carrier. If you have a spacious crate, bring it.
Preparing Livestock For A Hurricane
Livestock should only be boarded in
barns that are strong enough to withstand the full storm surge (e.g.:
concrete structures). If not leave livestock in a fenced pasture.
area has a horse and poultry population. Most stables and barns are
very vulnerable to hurricane force winds. Trailering horses and
poultry to other locations can be very time consuming, so leave plenty
of time in your hurricane plan.
Horse and cattle food: place hay and
grain in solid, protected areas; store water in
Include antibiotic ointment, betadine
scrub solution, neosporin ointment, gauze, and tape in animal First
ID should be worn by livestock at all times in case they get lost or
injured during a storm.
nametags on a collar are ideal.
The best bet for large animals is a
plastic collar, unless the animal is freeze branded.
universal microchip computer ID system is also available.
After The Storm
caution in allowing your pet outdoors after a storm has passed.
Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered, leaving your pet
confused and consequently lost.
Downed power lines, broken glass and
other hazards could present real dangers to your pet.
Try to prevent your pet from consuming
water or food outside your home. It may have become contaminated.
your pet is lost, you'll need to work quickly, since Animal Control
may be forced to destroy some strays gathered after a devastating
storm. Contact the Veterinary clinics, boarding facilities, the Humane
Society, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in your
area. If you find someone else's pet contact the entities above.
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Last Updated: Tuesday, 04-Sep-2012 09:54:47 EDT