ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Alachua County Animal Services is urging pet owners to be prepared this hurricane season by having a disaster plan that includes pets, and by bringing pets when evacuating.
Pet owners should post a rescue alert sticker near the home entrance to alert rescue personnel that there are pets in the home. In the event that it is necessary to evacuate with pets, be sure to write “EVAUCATED” across the sticker so rescue workers do not spend valuable time looking for pets. Pet owners can receive these stickers for free from the ASPCA website.
It is also important to assemble a pet emergency preparedness kit. Keep pet’s essential supplies in a sturdy container that can be easily transported. The kit should include the following supplies:
- Pet’s medical record, current medications and a first aid kit
- Exercise equipment and temporary housing: leash, harness, carrier or crate, bedding, and toys
- Current photos in case the pet gets lost
- Food, water, litter pan, bowls, and a can opener if needed
- Written information on feeding schedule, medical condition, and any behavior issues
Before disaster strikes, know a safe place to take pets. Talk with friends or family concerning alternative housing for pets. Contact pet friendly hotels and motels outside of the local area for an alternate place to stay. Explore boarding facilities or veterinary offices regarding their emergency shelter policies or procedures.
If you are going to an Alachua County emergency shelter, you may bring your pet. Due to health and safety regulations, all pets arriving at these shelters will be picked up by Animal Services and transported to the animal shelter to be housed until the threat is over, and pet owners and pets can safely return home.
Make sure pets are wearing collars and tags with up-to-date identification. Pet ID tags should contain pet name, telephone number, and any urgent medical needs. Having pets micro-chipped in advance is strongly recommended as a more permanent form of identification. Make sure micro-chip companies have all current contact information on file. Be sure to write pet’s name, your name, and contact information on your pet’s carrier or crate.
For more information, contact Alachua County Animal Services at 352-264-6870.