From August 30th, 2017 to September 11th 2017, hurricane Irma ravaged its way westward through the Caribbean and up into South Carolina. This wasn’t the only hurricane that affected the United States. From August to October, other hurricanes formed. The names of these hurricanes were Harvey, Nate and Maria. Each hurricane affected different areas of the country.
Of course, these hurricanes brought a lot of destruction in their paths, including the displacement of people’s pets. Fortunately, a variety of animal welfare organizations from different states teamed up before, during and after the hurricanes to help displaced animals.
South Carolina Emergency Management Division worked in conjunction with the ASPCA, the Galveston County Animal Resource Center, Lee County Domestic Animal Services, Miami Dade Animal Services, the SPCA of Texas and Houston SPCA to create a strong, supportive network for animals in need. This network also included fosters, rescuers and adopters. A variety of shelters, organizations and agencies worked together to provide services and supplies to animals.
It is wise for pet owners to plan ahead and to stay informed. Pet owners should prepare go-kits for themselves and their pets. Pets should wear identification tags, and should be micro-chipped. Plans should be made as to how pets will be evacuated, and what types of carriers they will be evacuated in. Of course, if it comes between either a pet owner saving his own life or saving his pet’s life, he should save his own life. However, in general, pet owners should not leave their pets behind.
Making a plan as to what you will do for yourself and your pets during a natural disaster will save lives—both human and animal lives. People who rescue animals risk their lives, and pet owners should take this into consideration.