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One possession that most people were sure to take with them as they evacuated was their pet. Between 37% and 47% of American households have a dog or a puppy. Unfortunately, not all animals were lucky enough to be taken when their owners evacuated. According to USA Today, dozens of dogs were found tied up or in enclosed areas, unable to escape. Authorities say they may pursue felony charges against those who neglected to take their animals with them.
Animal shelters across the country have opened their doors to any animals that were not evacuated. People are sending food, toys, and other supplies to help shelters who have taken in abandoned or stray animals. In addition, people are encouraging families who are looking to add a pet to their family to consider adopting an animal affected by the hurricane.
Animal care might not be the first thing you think of when you’re planning to evacuate your home, but it certainly is something important you should think about. There are a few things you should do if you find yourself in the path of a natural disaster to ensure your pet’s safety:
There are a few essential supplies you should try to bring with you if you have to evacuate with your pets:
Whether you have a cat, a puppy, a cow, or any other animal, there is no excuse to leave them behind if you have to evacuate. Make sure you are prepared, especially if you live in a natural disaster-prone area.