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Community Alert: Humane Society Offers Preparedness Tips for Pet Owners

July 12, 2005 – As Tropical Storm Emily continues its northwest track toward the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Humane Society of St. Thomas urges pet owners to prepare for their pet needs now in case the storm impacts the territory.
If the need arises to seek shelter away from your home, keep your pet with you or ask a friend or loved one to take care of it while you are at a shelter. If your home isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets. Pets that are turned loose or left behind to fend for themselves are likely to become victims of starvation, predators, contaminated food or water, accidents or exposure to the elements.
Many evacuation shelters do not accept pets, so it's best to plan in advance where you will go. "No Pet" restrictions at hotels and motels might be lifted in an emergency, so it's best to ask. Check with friends and family members to see if they can shelter you or your pets if needed.
In addition, the Humane Society suggests that all pet owners have an emergency supply kit for their pets. This kit should include:
• A three-day supply of food and water, as well as bowls, cat litter, litter box and a manual can opener.
• Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them should you and your pets become separated. Pets should wear up-to-date identification, including the phone number of someone out of the area and/or your employer in case your pet becomes lost while you're not at home.
• Medications, medical records and a first aid kit stored in a waterproof container.
• Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers to transport pets safely, as well as blankets or towels for bedding and warmth. Carriers should be large enough to comfortably house your pet for several hours.
For more information about disaster preparedness related to your animals, visit humanesocietyofstthomas.com
The Humane Society is dedicated to helping make animals safer on St. Thomas. Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, we are dedicated to saving the lives of animals. Led by a membership of over 2,000, the organization takes in nearly 3,000 cats and dogs annually, of which several hundred are adopted or reunited with their owner.

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