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Miami-Dade County Animal Services urges pet owners to prepare for above-normal hurricane season


Miami, Florida – With the NOAA National Weather Service forecasting an above-normal hurricane activity for the 2024 hurricane season, Miami-Dade County Animal Services (Animal Services) is urging all pet owners to ensure they have a comprehensive plan in place that includes their pets. Preparing for a hurricane can be stressful, but proactive steps can prevent last-minute panic and ensure the safety of all family members, including furry ones. Remember, wherever you go, they go – never leave your pets behind.

Pet Preparedness Checklist

Identification: Ensure your pet has a collar with up-to-date ID tags. Microchipping is strongly recommended and should be current with your contact information. This is crucial for reuniting with your pet if you get separated during an emergency.

Emergency Kit: Assemble a pet emergency kit that includes:

  • At least a week’s supply of food and water
  • Medications and medical records
  • A sturdy leash, harness, and carrier for safe transportation
  • A photo of your pet in case you get separated
  • Comfort items like toys or a blanket

Safe Shelter: Identify pet-friendly shelters in your area. Miami-Dade County offers several options, but spaces can fill up quickly. Know the locations and contact information in advance to ensure you have a safe place for your pets.

Evacuation Plan: If you need to evacuate, take your pet with you. Never leave them behind. Map out your evacuation route and ensure your vehicle is ready for your pet’s comfort and safety.

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Health and Wellness: Ensure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations. Many shelters require proof of vaccination for entry, so keep these records handy.

Stay Informed: Monitor weather updates and follow instructions from local authorities. Have a battery-operated radio on hand to receive important alerts if the power goes out. Staying informed is crucial for making timely decisions that ensure your pet’s safety.

Importance of Proactive Pet Planning

The importance of including pets in hurricane preparedness plans cannot be overstated. Miami-Dade County Animal Services emphasizes that “wherever you go, they go – never leave your pets behind.” By taking these proactive steps, pet owners can ensure the safety and well-being of their pets during the hurricane season.

For more detailed information on how to prepare for hurricane season, visit the Miami-Dade County emergency preparedness page at Miami-Dade County Hurricane Preparedness. For information about programs serving Miami-Dade County’s pets and pet owners, visit the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department at Miami-Dade County Animal Services, call 311, or follow Animal Services on social media @adoptmiamipets.

By following these guidelines and staying informed, pet owners can significantly reduce the risks to their pets and ensure that every member of the family, including the furry ones, remains safe during the upcoming hurricane season.

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