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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hurricanes and your pets


It seems ironic that September is National Preparedness Month.  Since Hurricane Harvey was so disastrous, and Hurricane Irma, Jose, and Katia are coming up...  How do you prepare your pets for a natural disaster?

Well, a good first step is to click here. ASPCA.org/PrepPledge.  It has useful ideas on what you get do to be prepared to keep your pets safe or to have them safely reunited with you in an emergency.

You can prepare your pets for #HurricaneIrma and other disasters with the free ASPCA Pet Safety app: www.ASPCAapp.org  (It has tips on what to do before, during, and after a disaster.)    

We have a few friends in Florida right now (one of them is Jasmine's twin!)  Stay safe my friends.  And keep your fur babies safe too.  

If you're curious about the rescue efforts down in Texas, here's an update I received from a contact at the ASPCA.   I, along with countless others, am grateful for this organization and how they are helping out during this time.









Hurricane Harvey
Since Hurricane Harvey hit, the ASPCA’s search-and-rescue, sheltering and relocation teams have been actively engaging municipalities in both Texas and Louisiana to deploy much-needed responders to Harvey-impacted areas.


·         In support of the Houston SPCA, the ASPCA deployed three water rescue teams to Beaumont in Jefferson County to assist in search-and-rescue efforts by boat, rescuing stranded and displaced animals left behind and bringing them to safety.



  • Also in support of Houston SPCA, the ASPCA relocated 41 shelter animals from Houston to the ASPCA’s Adoption Center in New York City, followed by a second stop at the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington, Conn. These shelter dogs were initially evacuated from Corpus Christi, Texas before Hurricane Harvey devastated the area and were awaiting transport to shelters and rescue groups to be made available for adoption.
  • The ASPCA has assisted in the relocation of hundreds of other shelter animals displaced by the storm from Galveston, Beaumont and Corpus Christi to other parts of Texas and Louisiana.
  • The ASPCA dispatched its mobile medical unit to enable local veterinarians to perform emergency surgery and procedures for injured storm animals, as well as provided critical sheltering supplies and helped to distribute provisions to serve animal victims of this unprecedented and life-threatening flooding.
  • The ASPCA provided water rescue teams and established an emergency shelter for displaced animal victims in Hardin County, Texas. The emergency shelter is located at Sour Lake Elementary School.




Hurricane Harvey’s life-threatening flooding caused devastation for countless people and their pets. The ASPCA has been on the ground in Texas and Louisiana, assisting local agencies with rescue, sheltering, and transport of animals displaced by the hurricane. Our Field Response team is also preparing for Hurricane Irma, which is approaching Florida in the coming days.

September happens to be National Preparedness Month and it couldn’t be timelier. We’ve teamed up with meteorologist Ginger Zee to ask that pet owners in all parts of the country prepare for their pets in the event of a natural disaster: ASPCA.org/PrepPledge. Keeping pets as part of a disaster plan is essential to their safety and well-being, as well as that of their owners. As a resource, we also have the ASPCA Pet Safety app, which provides critical disaster prep info on what to do with your pets before, during and after a disaster. 

·         Following #HurricaneHarvey, it’s especially important to be prepared with your pets for disasters. Take the pledge: ASPCA.org/PrepPledge

·         Prepare your pets for #HurricaneIrma and other disasters with the free ASPCA Pet Safety app: www.ASPCAapp.org

·         The @ASPCA is helping rescue, transport and shelter animals affected by #HurricaneHarvey. More details: aspca.org/harvey-response


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