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Animal relief groups prepare for Ike

In Health and Safety, Readers Tails on September 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm

With Gustav gone, we can all take a deep breath and relax, right? Unfortunately, no. The southern states are being threatened by another storm, Ike. Hurricane Ike is predicted to be especially fierce and hit major parts of Texas such as Houston. Parts of the Florida Keys have already suffered minor flooding. Evacuation plans are already underway and these plans include our beloved pets.

Texas residents can call 2-1-1 for updates on shelter information for pets and livestock.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is also taking initiative and urging pet guardians to prepare pet disaster kits and make evacuation plans that include the pets. The HSUS is in communication with state agencies and will aid with evacuations, post-storm assessments, and search and rescue if necessary. Equipment is ready and waiting in Bushnell, FL with over 600 volunteers on call.

For information on what a pet disaster kit should include and information on evacuating large animals, visit HSUS.org

For a free safety pack courtesy of the ASPCA visit ASPCA.org

Jill Brodsky

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