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Have a plan for pets when storms strike
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By Jake Seaton, WRAL.com digital product manager
If you are evacuating your home to escape Hurricane Florence, or perhaps a loved one or friend from the eastern part of North Carolina is hoping to get out its path, you may be concerned about what to do about your fur family.
Our pets are as much a part of our families as the humans who share our walls, so it’s understandable that you want to keep them safe during the storm.
According to Purina, neither veterinarians nor animal behaviorists can agree what part of a storm causes pets the most stress. Needless to say, though, the triggers – whether it being loud noises, flashing lights or something else – will run the gamut when Florence nears.
Keeping in mind our pets are our family, if you evacuate ahead of the hurricane, it is important to remember to take your pets with you.
“If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets,” the Humane Society of the United States insists. “You have no way of knowing how long you’ll be kept out of the area, and you may not be able – or allowed – to go back for your pets. Pets left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost or killed.”
Just as a number of counties are offering refuge from the storm, many shelters also offer solutions for keeping our furry family safe. Nearly three-dozen shelters offer pet-friendly sanctuary from Florence, while many other counties will help you find a safe shelter to keep your pet.
Alamance, Beaufort, Edgecombe, Franklin, Guilford, Martin, Orange, Pitt and Sampson all offer alternative solutions to the general population shelters opened for the storm.
Shelters require pet owners to provide proof of ownership, a current rabies vaccination and shot records. Pet owners should also bring bedding, a kennel, bowls, medicine, and enough food for several days for their fur family.
Most shelters also require that pet…