Clay Humane News

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May 23, 2018

Planning ahead is the key to keeping yourself and your pets safe if disaster strikes.

Prepare now

Your disaster preparedness should include your pets. If you are a resident of Clay County, complete the Pet Friendly Shelter Registry Agreement now. Remember, if it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets. Pets left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost or killed. For residents in other areas: Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness | St. Johns County Emergency Management | Nassau County Emergency Management

Evacuate early

Don't wait for a mandatory evacuation order. Visit Clay County Emergency Management to prepare before the storm, sign up for alerts and find your evacuation zone. Get a family plan now! Some people who have waited to be evacuated by emergency officials have been told to leave their pets behind. The smell of smoke or the sound of high winds or thunder may make your pet more fearful and difficult to load into a crate or carrier. Evacuating before conditions become severe will keep everyone safer and make the process less stressful.

  1. Microchip your pets - Microchip identification is one of the best ways to ensure that you and your pet are reunited if you are separated. Be sure to keep the microchip registration up-to-date, and include at least one emergency number of a friend or relative who resides out of your immediate area.

  3. Keep a collar and tag on all cats and dogs - Keep several current phone numbers on your animal’s identification tag. Identification on indoor-only cats is especially important. If your home is damaged during a disaster, they could easily escape.

  5. Plan a pet-friendly place to stay - Search in advance for out-of-area pet-friendly hotels or boarding facilities, or make a housing exchange agreement with an out-of-area friend or relative.
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