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Keeping Pets Safe During Hurricane Irene
Release Date: August 26, 2011

If you are asked to evacuate, you need to bring your pets with you.

Public Health Advisory: Keeping Pets Safe During Hurricane Irene

Attached is guidance from Shari C. Silverman VMD, Principal Veterinarian, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health regarding keeping pets safe during evacuations and other emergency situations.

Hurricane Irene and Animals

The most important thing a person can do is to plan ahead. If you are asked to evacuate, you need to bring your pets with you. You need to start thinking today about where you will take your pets -- ask a dependable friend or relative who lives some distance from the evacuation area if you and/or your pets can stay with them until the all clear is given. An alternative is to find a pet friendly motel. There a number of them listed on the web:


You should have a portable pet carrier for each animal and identification with each animal. Bring copies of the pet's licenses, leashes, water and food bowls, pet foods, bottled water, special medications and instructions for their administration, any special needs for your pet, blankets, handy wipes, paper towels and litter or bedding.

Go to http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/ah/pdf/petbro.pdf for more information on emergency planning for pets.

Go to http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/ah/pdf/livestockbro.pdf for more information on emergency planning for livestock.

Listen for public safety announcements and if you are called to evacuate -- DO NOT leave your pets behind!

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