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Hurricane Preparedness For Your Pet
Provided as a public service by:
Pinellas Animal Foundation and Pinellas County Animal Control

PLAN AHEAD:

Have a plan for you and your pets BEFORE a weather emergency

PET EVACUATION SHELTERS

Contact a shelter as soon as possible for availability!
• Spaces will be filled on a first-come first served basis. It is a good idea to call ahead and determine availability at a shelter nearest you.
• Standard fees for boarding will be charged (or hospitalization fees, if required). The SPCA and Humane Society shelters accept donations.
• There are more than 10 times more pets than boarding spaces. Only use pet shelters if no other choices are available.
• Red Cross shelters will not accept pets ... so make plans well in advance for the safety of your pet. You should call friends or family living on high ground - first - to inquire about caring for your pet.
• Plan evacuation routes to veterinary hospitals, boarding kennels, family or friends situated on higher elevations - well in advance of the storm.
• Make sure your pets have been vaccinated within the past 12 months.
• Pet shelters may require proof of these:
Cats
• Rabies vaccine
• Feline Leukemia
• Rhinotracheitis/Calici Virus
• Panleukopenia
Dogs
• Rabies vaccine
• Distemper/Parvo group
• Bordetella
• Corona
An identification collar with leash is a necessity to control your pet. • A properly-sized plastic or wood pet carrier for each pet allows your pet to stand and turn around.
• Pets under medication should be sheltered at a veterinary hospital. If a hurricane threatens, contact a shelter as soon as possible to make arrangements. Heed early warnings because there will be no home pickup. Red Cross shelters will not accept pets.
• All animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have:
• Proper ID collar and rabies tag
• Proper ID on all belongings
• Carrier or cage
• Leash
• Ample food supply (at least two days)
• Water/food bowls
• Any necessary medications)
• Specific care instructions (i.e., medication, diet, etc.)
• Newspapers, plastic trash bags for handling waste
• Take caution in allowing your pet outdoors after the storm has passed.
Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet could easily be confused and become lost. Downed power lines and reptiles brought in with high water could present real dangers to your pet.
• Take precaution not to allow your pet to consume food or water which may have become contaminated.


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