Pets & Animals in Distress has put the below following Hurricane Preparedness Guide below to those communities, shelters and pet owners that could be in the direct path of a hurricane.
Please follow the below tips in case of immediate evacuation is declared for you and your pets in those targeted hurricane regions.The separation or loss of a pet can have a profound impact on a family! We should make every effort to insure our pets are safe and with us.
A written disaster plan, particularly in households with pets, can lessen a disaster's impact and save lives! Advanced planning is essential and could save your pet(s) life, and the best recommended plan is to take your pet with you when and if you have to evacuate.
REMEMBER — Public Shelters Do Not Allow Pets!
All facilities in a disaster area may be subject to some degree of damage or flooding. If you are thinking of boarding your pet, consider the difficulties of providing a healthy environment without electricity, running water, plus limited supplies and personnel!
To all residents in the path of a hurricane : Please take these hurricane precautions and evacuation warnings very seriously, as we have seen the destruction first hand in the aftermath of hurricanes.
Please say a prayer for all of us and the animals that may be in harms way.
Brenda Beck, President
1511 East Commercial Blvd, PMB #129
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334
A Public Service Hurricane Bulletin from Pets & Animals in Distress
Hurricane winds do a lot of damage, but drowning is the greatest cause of hurricane deaths. As a hurricane storm approaches and moves across the coastline, it brings huge waves and storm tides which may reach 25 feet or more above normal. The rise may come rapidly, flooding coastal lowlands. Waves and currents erode beaches and barrier islands, undermine waterfront structures, and wash out highway and railroad beds. The torrential rains that accompany the hurricane produce sudden flooding as the storm moves inland. As its winds diminish, rainfall floods constitute the hurricane's greatest threat.
Planning ahead is the key to keeping yourself and your companion animals safe during a disaster. Follow these tips to reduce the risk to your companion animals during disasters:
PETS AND HURRICANES : Why Pet Owners Must Plan
Public shelters for people will not accept pets. If you wait until the last minute to evacuate, you may have no choice but to go to a public shelter. If such a situation should force you to leave pets behind, please prepare your children and other family members for the fact that their pets may not survive or may be irretrievably lost before you are able or permitted to return to your home.
There is no way to know how long it will be before you are permitted back after the storm. Frightened animals quickly slip out open doors, broken windows or other damaged areas of your home opened by the storm. Lost pets are likely to die from exposure, starvation, predators, contaminated food and water and on the road where they can endanger others. Even normally friendly animals of different species should not be allowed together unattended since the stress of the storm may cause distinct behavior changes.
REMEMBER: If you must evacuate . . . then conditions are not only unsafe for you but unsafe for other living creatures as well!!! Develop Your Written Plan Now.
A written DISASTER PLAN will help you and your pets survive. Identify your evacuation area and level to determine if and when you would have to evacuate. If you are located in a storm surge flood plain, the decision to evacuate will depend on the category of the storm. Always prepare for one category higher than the one being forecast. A hurricane often increases in strength just before making landfall.
Your goal should be to evacuate to a safe location. Friends or relatives in a safe area are your best choice. If they are unable to house both you and your pets, arrange shelter for your pets at a veterinarian or kennel close to your evacuation location so that you will be able to have as much contact with them as possible. You and your pets will fare better if you are together.
If you plan to go to a motel, determine in advance whether pets are welcome and what, if any, special rules are applicable. Make plans well in advance of the hurricane season for cows, horses, sheep, etc. Additional preparedness guidelines may be obtained from Town of Hempstead Animal Control , or the Nassau County Chapter of the Red Cross.
If You Must Evacuate Leave Early!
An unnecessary trip is far better than waiting too long to leave safely! All animals should have secure carriers or collapsible cages for large dogs, as well as collars, leashes, rabies tags and owner ID tags.
Carriers should be large enough for the animals to stand comfortably and turn around. ID must be on the carrier. Train your pets to become familiar with their carriers ahead of time. Then the carrier will be a secure and comforting refuge if the animal is required to live in it for days-even weeks-after the storm.
Before hurricane season begins on June 1 of each year, make sure all your pets have current immunizations and take these records with you if you must evacuate. Photograph each of your pets prior to June 1 every year and include these pictures with your pets' immunization records.
Your pet survival kit should include ample food (at least 2 weeks supply), water/food bowls, medications, specific care instructions, newspapers and plastic trash bags for handling waste, cat litter, brushes, combs and other hygiene items, toys and other comfort items, muzzles if necessary.
A manual can opener is a necessity. All belongings should be marked with identification. If you are not evacuating your pets to a commercial animal facility, you should also include first aid supplies for your pets in the survival kit. Ask your vet for an emergency care pamphlet for animals. If you plan to shelter your pets at a kennel or clinic, call before evacuating to determine if space is available. Some kennels will accept reservations early with prepaid fees.
Allow sufficient time to travel from the kennel to your evacuation location after making certain that your animals are secure. If you have snakes or other exotic pets, contact local pet stores or zoological gardens, in a safe area, for assistance in sheltering your pet.
Again, be prepared to supply appropriate housing for the pet (not glass) and other supplies necessary to sustain the pet for at least 2 weeks. The facility you choose should be operated by knowledgeable, capable staff and the location should be high, dry and of sturdy construction.
Throughout the evacuation and the storm, your pets will need reassurance from you. Remain calm, keep as close to their normal routine as possible and speak to them regularly in a calm, reassuring voice. If you must evacuate without time to prepare your pet, Animal Control will house your pet. This space is limited and should be ONLY a last resort.
If You Can Stay At Home
It is just as important to adequately plan for your pets even if you don't have to evacuate. Carriers, collars with proper ID and leashes should be maintained for your pets at all times. Your pets will be most comfortable and secure in their carriers in a safe area of your home until the storm has passed.
If they are not secured during the storm and your house is damaged, your pets may escape and become disoriented, since normal landmarks and scent trails could be obliterated. If your pets become lost, proper ID will ensure their return to you. Place your pet food and medications in watertight containers in a cool, dry, dark place. Store adequate water for your pet.
Your water source may become contaminated. (To purify water, add 2 drops of household bleach per quart of water, mix, seal tightly, let stand for 30 minutes before drinking.) If you bring plants into the home before a storm, be careful not to allow pets access to them since many ornamental plants are poisonous
After The Storm
Walk your pets on a leash until they become reoriented to their home. CAUTION: Downed power lines and other debris pose real dangers to you and your pets. Do not allow pets to consume food or water which may have become contaminated. Be particularly careful in using candles or oil lamps around pets. Never leave them unattended. When you know you have done everything you can do to protect all members of the family, disaster preparedness will give you tremendous peace of mind.
BE SMART AND LEARN TO SAVE AND PROTECT YOUR PET
Evacuate out of the area of the storm! Visit friends or relatives who will let your pets come with you. Create a list of boarding kennels within a 100 mile radius of your home. If you don't have friends or relatives to evacuate to, call these pet friendly hotels and make a reservation.
As an equine organization it is natural for us to give thought to the many horses, donkeys, mules, dogs and cats who are being impacted by the devastation of hurricane Katrina. Many of these animals are facing starvation. Many have been seriously injured. Unless they receive relief efforts soon, their survival is in jeopardy. Northeast Florida Dressage Association and First Coast Hunter Jumper Association would like to ask each of you to assist with this effort by joining
Through the selfless generosity of Dale and Chris Dunn, we can personally see that donated relief items will be delivered directly to assist animals in real need. Dale and Chris will be driving your donated items to emergency staging areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. They will also be personally assisting with the rescue efforts.
NFDA and FCHJA will be accepting your donations on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs during the FCHJA Horse Show. A trailer will be on site and we need to fill it. You may have already given generously to help those in need but this is a time for us to stretch. Below is a list of items that will be crucial in helping horses and horse owners.
Please contact your friends, relatives and fellow barn people and ask them to consider donating items. Whether it's an item you have in excess, or something you feel compelled to purchase. Remember that nothing is frivolous when you don't have a thing. Although needed desparately, in lieu of donating hay and/or grain, please consider a monitary donation. These items will be purchased along with additional supplies. Checks can be made to LSER/HFH. (Lone Star Equine Rescue, Inc./Habitat for Horses is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization).
If you have any questions regarding items in need, please contact Dale and Chris Dunn at (352)478-2412 or (904)626-1990 or Marge Savage at (904) 276-2427 or (904) 449-1893 or Nancy Wines at (904) 449-2939. Again, please organize your donations and plan to come out to the Clay County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 10. Thank you in advance for your assistance and always remember...it could be us!
or email Chris Dunn: email@example.com
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Dear Friends and Family,
We have just returned from spending a week at the Lamar Dixon Expo
Center in Gonzales, Louisiana the site where the search and rescue
teams for horses, cats, dogs and other animals were housed as they
were located from the disasters left by Hurricane Katrina. This
been the most memorable and emotional week we have ever spent as we assisted Habitat for Horses and Lone Star Equine Rescue under the directions of Dr. Denny French of the Louisiana State University Equine Program - Hurricane Equine Rescue Operation. The Northeast Florida Dressage and First Coast Hunter Jumper as well as many others helped load up our horse trailer full of donated medical supplies, halters, lead ropes, buckets, and many other horse related items to make the 14 hour drive through to the destruction and wake left by < Katrina. Upon arriving and checking in with our contact, Bonnie Clark who was the coordinator of the equine rescue barns we proceeded to walk the aisle ways and see what we were going to be doing.
We have a few stories that we would like to share, there are many but a few that we would like to pass on. Vickie, a vet assistant with the Dog/Cat Rescue Team came over and asked if we could put some of the cats in our living quarters of the horse trailer as the generator had quit and there was no a/c or fans to keep the cats cool and it was very hot outside. We of course said yes and they loaded and stacked 19 cats and their crates in our trailer. We have pictures of this as it looked like Ravenwood was the Cattery of the day. There was a white mother cat with two white kittens and they had found a black tabby orphan who was about 2 weeks old. They were bottle feeding this baby and Vickie decided to try the little one with the mother who had kittens. The mother cat took over cleaning the new baby and let it nurse. It was really something to see and the mother cat and babies stayed with us until they left the next day to go to their foster home. It was awesome to see.
The Center was filled with every rescue group you can think of. The Animal Planet semi was right across from us. There were 3 barns of dogs/cats and other such animals and the barking went on nonstop. After awhile you got kind of numb to it all. It was sad to see so many animals who had lost their homes and owners and we fear for the outcome of their future. The ASPCA & the HSUS started shipping out dogs and cats to shelters and safe houses so that the animals could be fostered out and adopted in the long run. The horses however will have a better chance. Over 80% were microchipped so their owners could be located and found. Louisiana does not want to foster outside the state but HFH/LSER knows that we have many homes here available and after Oct. 1st we will know more if our foster homes will be needed. Anyone interested in fostering a horse/dog or cat if you will just email us we will add it to the list so that in case we are able to foster we will be ready.
We started our trip back home exhausted, sad and happy if
you can understand that and knowing that what we did made a difference. In
the week that we were there we saw horses reunited with their owners,
helped those that were scared and hungry get more secure and
comfortable and start to settle and eat and sleep at night. There
a little less fear in the eyes of many when we left. We would have
stayed longer but Dale was carted off by ambulance to the hospital and
diagnosed with exhaustion and the doctor said…go home, you have done
so much and now you need to rest. We were thanked by everyone every
day for all that we did. The Red Cross, the animal owners, other
volunteers, the doctors and nurses, the vets and vet students, the waiters/waitresses in the restaurants everyone we met who found out
what we were there for thanked us for giving our time and our hearts.
It is Dale and I who are the blessed ones as we shared the lives of many who had lost so much and were so brave and courageous. We met so many from around this country of ours who like us wanted to only help and now they are friends for life. Our belief in God and mankind is now stronger than ever and we are thankful for the privilege of this journey we were allowed to take.
God Bless all of you and all of God’s Creatures,
Dale & Chris Dunn
Update on efforts to assist animals in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and ways you can help. This info came in via Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River, NJ — part of the Associated Humane Societies.
1. In Lafayette, Louisiana, Lafayette Parish Animal Control is operating an animal shelter where evacuees can bring their pets. Official report that the shelter has food, water, crates, cages, bedding and newspaper, but that pet owners are responsible for providing care to their own animals. The shelter is at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette, Louisiana, right next to the Cajundome. Please call Lafayette Parish Animal Control at (337) 291-5644 for more information.
This information was posted on Metropets by:
Cson Johnson Silversmith
Jack Russell Terriers
Texas Jack Russell Rescue
2. Houston SPCA
The Louisiana SPCA used air-conditioned trailers to evacuat 250 shelter animals to the Houston SPCA before Katrina struck New Orleans. The area where the Louisiana SPCA is located was flooded by the hurricane.
As New Orleans Superdome evacuees arrive in Houston, many of them will be sheltered in the Astrodome. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals is arranging accommodations for the pets of people who are staying in Houston-area shelters and preparing for the influx of more animals.
You can donate to the Houston SPCA at:
Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
900 Portway Dr. Houston,
The Houston SPCA is also offering to provide shelter for humans being
evacuated to the Astrodome.
3. The Humane Society of the United States - to donate, click on:
The HSUS Disaster Animal Response Teams (DARTs) deployed immediately to
the crisis, landing in Mississippi the day after Katrina did her
damage. Teams are equipped to respond to the needs of all animals –
including pets, horses, farm animals, and wildlife - affected by
Katrina and the floodwaters. Here are dispatches from our teams:
The HSUS DART team is working with the Mississippi State Veterinarianís Office and gathering resources in Jackson. A pet-friendly shelter and emergency animal shelter have been set up at the Coliseum in Jackson, and have taken in dozens of companion animals, with many more rescues to follow. The Veterinarianís Office and animal rescue teams plan to provide shelter for many more animals from the surrounding areas. Our teams are moving southward and working to reach the most troubled areas of Gulfport and Biloxi.
As New Orleans Superdome evacuees arrive in Houston, many of them will be sheltered in the Astrodome. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals is arranging accommodations for the pets of people who are staying in Houston-area shelters and preparing for the influx of more animals. HSUS volunteers are helping transport animals from evacuees arriving at the Astrodome and ferrying them to the temporary shelter, which will be fully operational by Friday, September 9th, 2005.
The HSUS Southwest Regional Office has been in contact with the state veterinarian and is working closely with the Louisiana SPCA on the ground in Louisiana. Pets are now being accepted at several stations, with plans in place for others as the need arises.
4. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Disaster Relief Fund helps shelters and organizations across the country that are impacted by natural disasters. Your donation today will go directly to help shelters impacted by natural disasters rebuild facilities and assist in their disaster recovery efforts.
If you wish to make your donation by phone, please call (866) 275-3923. You can also mail your contribution to us at
ASPCA Disaster Relief Fund,
424 East 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128
Please make your check payable to ASPCA Disaster Relief Fund.
5. American Humane Association
Update -- September 1, 2005
The American Humane Association is deploying its rescue rig to join its fleet of vehicles and volunteer responders already staged in Mississippi, ready to respond to the needs of Hurricane Katrinaís animal victims.
TO THE APPLICABLE RESCUES ETC: Micro-Chipped Pets Missing & Found
If anyone calls your group or comes to you saying they lost their micro-chipped pet, PLEASE give them the following info:
SPECIAL REQUEST FROM THE FOLLOWING (3) PET ID MICROCHIP COMPANIES:
Please call the following if your pet was micro-chipped and lost during in any of the states hit by the hurricane.
Many animals were found with micro-chips in all of the states hit by Hurricane Katrina.
There are several hundred already safely placed and need their owners to call:
AVID MICROCHIP ID
(THEY ALSO OWN PET NET MICROCHIP COMPANY)
HOME AGAIN MICROCHIP RECOVERY
International Fund for Animal Welfare September 6, 2005
Thanks to your overwhelming response to help victims of Hurricane Katrina reunite with their missing pets, we have surpassed the original goal of $130,000 needed to send our emergency relief team and Mobile Command Vehicle to the disaster sites.
Upon arrival to a Houston animal shelter housing over 600 displaced pets, we quickly discovered that the magnitude of the situation is far greater than originally feared.
IFAW is continuing to help establish temporary shelters for the hundreds of animals still on their way from the battered areas in Louisiana and Mississippi, where many pets were either left to fend for themselves in the powerful winds or trapped in flooding cages as owners were forced to flee.
Yesterday ER Team member Gail D'Abrunzo assisted in the evaluation and intake of 60 dogs rescued from several Louisiana shelters with more animals expected today. The dogs were in good spirits but smelled badly due to the unsanitary conditions from which they were rescued. You can listen to a full audio account of the rescue operation here.
IFAW's Emergency Relief Team has now established its rescue operations in Gonzales, LA — approximately 50 miles from New Orleans. Working with state authorities and other animal rescue groups, IFAW is conducting door-to-door search and rescue missions in New Orleans to evacuate as many animals as we can who have been left behind.
Words cannot describe the value of your contributions to these folks who have lost everything.
The Matuzzi family is just one of the families who were in New Orleans waiting on the roof of their flooded home to be rescued when they heard their Great Dane, Malice, trapped inside their attic. They broke a hole in the roof to pull Malice free, then swam to safety…only to be told they had to leave Malice behind in order to evacuate. They refused and were lucky enough to find a bus driver willing to take Malice with them to the Houston Astrodome for temporary shelter.
Upon arrival in Houston, thanks to your help, Malice was provided the care and shelter he needed at the local SPCA. Today, the Matuzzis and Malice were tearfully reunited.
Literally thousands of stories like Malice abound. From one owner’s successful smuggling attempt of their pet lovebird Lola in their clothes upon evacuation, to the reunion of one woman’s Chow, Angel, who swam with her through the floodwaters to safety.
But for every happy and hopeful reunion, thousands of pets remain lost or missing. Animal shelters are running out of room and we must try to reunite saved pets with their owners as quickly as possible.
I can’t thank you enough for the hope you have already provided for so many hurricane victims. But our work is just beginning. If you haven’t done so already, please consider making a gift to our Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescue Fund, and tell as many others as you can about the work we are doing to save the animal victims who were left behind.
Thank you for your generous response,
President and CEO, IFAW
P.S. IFAW is collecting rescue requests from evacuees and others who are unsure of the whereabouts of their animals. Requests are being compiled with other organizations into a master database, which will then be forwarded to rescue teams. If you or someone you know needs to report a lost animal please visit our Missing Pet Registry here.
IFAW © 2005
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