Pet Friendly Hurricane Advice and Shelters to Prevent Another Katrina Tragedy

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it is particularly important that pets have a collar with an identification tag.

When disaster strikes, pet owners are now able to take proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of beloved pets by booking pet hotel space through a professional online network. A new company - - offers more than 20,000 individual accommodations, including 2,000 pet friendly homes and another 18,000 pet friendly hotel rooms. The company maintains an updated database of qualified and pre-screened locations where emergency living space is available for owners and their pets.

One of the tragic lessons of Hurricane Katrina was that without adequate preparation to provide shelter to pets, families put themselves and their animals at risk. As Steve Milo, CEO of Pet Vacation Homes explains, "The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina is that owners with pets waited until the last 24 to 48 hours - and found that most shelters and hotels would not allow pets. Many pet owners defied evacuation orders and subsequently lost their lives because they did not want to leave their pets behind."

Milo offers these tips for preparing for hurricane season and protecting precious pets.

  •     Before hurricane season pet owners are advised to stock up on enough extra pet food, medicine, and water to last 5-7 days.
  •     In case of an emergency evacuation, be sure to bring along the pet's favorite blanket or crate, leash, and an ample supply of food and medicine.
  •     For anxious pets - for example dogs that bark nervously in newer surroundings - owners may want to also bring with them veterinarian-approved sedatives.
  •     Pet owners should call potential shelters and accommodations directly and inquire about how soon they book up during a hurricane warning.
  •     Milo also emphasizes the importance of clear and up-to-date contact information. "During hurricane season," he warns, "it is particularly important that pets have a collar with an identification tag."

Most shelters do not accept pets, so owners need to compile a list of pet-friendly accommodations ahead of time, book space early, and arrive promptly. Experts underscore the importance of preparation because the current hurricane season promises to be an especially dangerous one. As reported by Science Daily, the Colorado State University weather forecast team predicts that the U.S. Atlantic basin will likely experience a well above-average hurricane season. Those researchers expect 15 named storms and anticipate that more than 25 percent of those will be major hurricanes. Such predictions indicate that this year will be much more intense than normal, so now is the time to prepare - before it is too late.

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