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Remember animals during storm emergency

As Hurricane Florence approaches, it’s vital that residents include their animal companions in storm survival plans. Animals who are left behind in an evacuation or left chained, penned, crated or in hutches are in extreme danger of drowning, dying of dehydration or starvation, and other dangers.

Always take animals with you when evacuating, and pack leashes, bowls, towels, blankets, litter pans and litter and at least a week’s worth of food and medications. Ensure that animals are wearing collars with current identification tags, and take copies of their vaccination records. Transport small animals in secure carriers and keep larger dogs leashed and harnessed, as frightening sights and sounds and unfamiliar surroundings can cause them to bolt.

Find a place where you can stay with your animals until the emergency ends. Many motels lift restrictions on animals during disasters. Staying with friends, family members or at a campground are other good options.

Look out for, and try to help any animals who are left behind, lost, or injured. If helping is impossible, note their location and call authorities immediately. Visit www.PETA.org for more emergency survival tips.

Lindsay Pollard-Post

Norfolk

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