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Safety tips for families with four-legged friends

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TAMPA (FOX 13) - Hurricane Season is officially upon us and many are preparing their homes and their families for a potential storm. So, what about your pet? Do you have a plan for your four-legged family members?

To safely flee the scene with Fido in tow, WAG boutique owner Jenn Fadal has the following tips and information:

1. Know where you will go. You can’t leave your pet behind, because even if they do survive the storm they could escape through a broken window, door, etc.

Hillsborough County Shelters:
  • Burnett Middle School, 1010 N. Kingsway Road Seffner, FL 33584
  • Sgt. Smith Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Drive Tampa, FL 33625
  • Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd. Tampa, FL 33647
  • Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Way Ruskin, FL 33573
For info on other counties’ shelters, please visit

2. Up to Date on Vaccines, an ID Tag and Micro-chip- Now is the time to make sure your pet is up to date and properly identifiable. In the event of an evacuation shelters will require proof of rabies vaccinations. A pet id and microchip are the only ways to better your chances of having your lost pet returned to you.

3. Create Pet Evacuation Kit- To include:
  • Up to Date Photos of your pet from all sides.
  • Pet meds, medical records and ownership papers.
  • Extra collar, leash
  • Food/water dishes, 14 day supply of food and H2O, manual can opener
  • Waste pick up bags, cleanser and disinfectant to handle
  • Pet Medical Emergency Kit
Have a pet carrier handy to transport your pet easily. For this situation, a simple plastic or rubber pet carrier will be ideal. Bring a crate along that offers your pet ample room to stand up, turn around and lay down.

Early preparation is key! Be safe this season.

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