Shelter Has Brilliant Plan To Ensure No Animals Get Left Behind in Flood


In preparation for Hurricane Florence, the Grand Strand Humane Society has come up with a plan to make sure their shelter animals will be safe.

In the past, we’ve seen families leave their pets behind in the wake of an emergency evacuation. Animals that survive the initial trauma of the storm are left to navigate floodwaters in search of safety.

For instance, a dog named Ollie was found tied to a stop sign in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

If families come up with a plan for their animals before disaster strikes, the Humane Society argues, most scenarios of abandonment could be avoided.

Knowing that animals are particularly vulnerable during natural disasters, the Humane Society is working to give families the tools they need to make sure pets are not abandoned during Hurricane Florence.

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While making emergency evacuation plans for your family, the organization stated, make sure all pets are included in the plan.

“Rule number one: If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets,” the organization stated online.

“PETS ARE FAMILY,” the Human Society wrote on Facebook, “and there is never any excuse to leave them behind in harms [sic] way.”

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Some basic tips include making sure your pet is properly collared with an identification tag, and putting your cell phone number on the tag.

“The average citizen who finds your pet won’t be able to scan for a chip, but they will probably be able to read a basic tag!” the society wrote.

As East Coast residents brace themselves for Hurricane Florence, the Grand Strand Humane Society is making the brilliant effort to evacuate dogs and cats from its shelter, just as a precaution.

On Sept. 9, the GSHS explained the plan in a Facebook post.

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Specifically, they are looking for drivers who would be willing to transport animals to drop-off points along the northeast coast. The society has drop-off locations planned in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

The shelter could also use extra crates for different sized dogs and cats.

Contact information is available on the GSHS’s Facebook page. If you or someone you know may be in a position to help, please help share the information.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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