|Animal emergencies create danger for animals and their owners. The Number One reason people do not evacuate their homes in an emergency is because a pet is in the home. Pets are also the Number One reason people return to their homes before local authorities have declared it safe to do so, risking lives in the effort to save beloved pets. |
North Carolina is home to millions of agricultural and domestic animals. Actually, 60% of households have pets. Hurricane Floyd proved to us that people will do almost anything to be reunited with their pets. Lack of preparation can cause unnecessary tragedy, human injury, and economic loss.
County Animal Response Teams (CART) encourage all pet owners to evacuate with their animals to prevent endangering human and animal lives.
Red Cross evacuation shelters will only allow service animals, so you must identify several possible locations where you can take your animals before you have to evacuate. This would include boarding kennels, veterinary clinics, and grooming facilities. CART maintains a list of "pet friendly" motels, and don't forget to ask friends and family members for help.
|Following are supplies you should have in a disaster kit and for evacuation with your pets: |
|Depending on the disaster you may need to evacuate your horse or try to ride out the ordeal at home. Either way, we suggest that you put your plan in writing, and give copies to persons who may become involved in your absence. You will be prepared, and so will they. |
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