As Hurricane Florence approaches, shelters ask for volunteers to take in animals



Hurricane season: Safety tips for pets

With Hurricane Florence on his way to the southeast of the US, and many owners of pets must take into account the needs of their four-legged friends and how to keep them safe. Take a look at the safety tips from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

As Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm recharge for the East Coast, is expected to landfall Thursday, animal shelters ask volunteers to help in the protection of animals.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland are all under a state of emergency as the “monster” storm has forced governors to the mass evacuations for their millions of inhabitants.


Animal organizations, consequently, along the eastern coast for the care of the pets and to help people in areas expected to be affected by the rolled storm.

The one shelter in Norfolk, Virginia, evacuated eight dogs and 18 cats in a shelter in Washington, D. C. conducted by Humane Rescue Alliance — an attempt was made to make room for incoming animals is expected to be replaced by Florence.

The Greenville Humane Society in South Carolina is more than 200 animals on the capacity, and has over 60 dogs from shelters in the mandatory evacuation zones.

(Greenville Humane Society)

“Usually, if people do not have a place to take them, or if the animals get lost in the shuffle of the storm, they may end up as strays,” alliance spokesman Matt Williams said. “The animals are held for a period of time and then they wait for the animals to be claimed.”

In Charlotte, North Carolina, a local Humane Society takes in animals from areas of the state that had to be evacuated.


The shelter asked on Facebook Monday as that is within the Charlotte area can foster “dogs, cats and kittens,” and notes that “the more animals we promote, the more animals we can take shelter for the coastal areas.”


Tips for preparing pets for emergencies

The Greenville Humane Society in South Carolina was more than 200 animals over the nature of Monday to more than 60 of them, which is of low county areas forecast to be hit hard by the storm.

These shelters are a few of the many requests, fosters and donations across the eastern states expected to be hit by Florence later this week. Shelters are asking for donations of newspapers, food and litter.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) warned that people should ensure that they have their pets in emergency plans in preparation for the storm, even though the organization remains “ready to help.”

Frances, an 8-year-old Chihuahua, is one of the 26 dogs and cats that were transported from Virginia and Washington, D. C. ahead of Hurricane Florence expected landfall later this week.

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In 2017 alone, the ASPCA said they responded to Hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma, in addition to other natural disasters, and rescued or helped up of 37,000 animals.

Pet owners, according to the ASPCA, need to prepare for a disaster plan to ensure that all pets are wearing ID tags and preparing an emergency kit with food, drugs, medical data and water bowls.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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