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 www.ThePackMom.com
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.