Pets and Hurricane Preparedness
Remember those balmy, 75 degree days we enjoyed while New England was freezing? Well, South Florida, it’s payback time! It’s time for a refresher course on hurricane season, the time of the year when friends to the north DON’T want to be here!
As many of us know, South Florida has hurricane shelters which allow you to bring your pets. What many people do not know, however, is that only some of our shelters are pet-friendly, and your pets must be registered ahead of time. For information on pre-registration, please contact animal services at http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/disaster-preparedness.asp. Since spaces are limited, do this now if you would like to use this service.
When preparing your hurricane supply list, don’t forget about your pets. Make sure you have enough non-perishable food and bottled water for your pets, and double check the contents of their first aid kit. Be sure to refill their supplements and prescription medications. Decide where your pet will ride out a storm and have plenty of toys to keep him occupied. In Miami, hurricane preparation is a fact of life. It’s a small price to pay for living in the vibrant, sunny, diverse metropolis we are privileged enough to call home.