It has been a week since Hurricane Florence made so many people have to run away from their homes. We are so sad seeing that some peoples left their pets behind. Thankfully there are other peoples who went in and saved them.
We have talked before about having a Pet Emergency Evacuation Plan. It’s not super easy but with planning it’s not so hard to take dogs and cats and birds in your car and drive to safety. We talk about making sure you have enough food and water and other things your pet will need but what do you do about horses or other farm animals?
Not everyone who has a horse or cows have trailers and not many horses will fit in the back seat of a car. And where would you put all the hay and stuff?
That doesn’t mean you should just leave them behind. There are many things you can do to make sure they are safe too.
What to do depends on what the emergency is. There are “emergencies” that don’t mean you have to leave your house but are still dangerous. At these times you need to know if your animals are safer in a barn or out in a field. But, if it is not safe for you to stay, it isn’t safe for your animals either.
The Humane Society website has lots and lots of information about what to do in the different kinds of emergencies. If you have a large animal or know someone who does, please share the information with them. No one wants to see their animals hurt but may not know what to do. Knowing what to do ahead of time can avoid needless suffering.
We hope you never have an emergency evacuation but please take a minute to make sure you know how to protect your pets if you do.
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