Hurricane Matthew plan for pets, farm animals
Animal lovers have pet-friendly shelters, hotels
MIAMI – With Hurricane Matthew approaching Florida's east coast, animal activists are reminding pet owners and farmers to take precautions.
Authorities asked residents living in low-lying areas and mobile homes in Broward and Palm Beach counties to evacuate. Broward County Mayor Marty Kiar said the evacuations are voluntary but strongly encouraged them.
If the cats and dogs don't have implanted microchips, they should be wearing collars or identification tags with a phone number, The Humane Society suggests.
The shelters require a valid proof of residence, proof of rabies vaccination, license tag and the contact information of the pet's veterinarian. The shelters do not allow reptiles.
Pet-friendly shelters will likely be at full occupancy soon after they open late Wednesday, so animal activists suggest you have alternative plans.
All pets will be placed in crates at the shelters.
The Humane Society in Broward has a list of pet friendly lodging. Dog Friendly lists La Quinta Inn & Suites as the most popular pet friendly hotel and the Pets Welcome data base includes Courtyard Marriott, Quality Inn and Comfort Inn & Suites.
Private services such as Help 2 Pet maintain a database with the pet's emergency contacts including dog walkers, pet sitters and veterinarians.
The Humane Society issued a checklist for farmers:
Keep proof of ownership
Identify animals with plastic neckbands displaying owner's contact information
Prepare water, feed and supplies for sanitation for at least three days.
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