Fido and Fifi need their owners to get ready for the potential calamities of hurricane season. Pets need food, water to drink and shelter, says a University of Florida expert.
Vaccination records are especially important if the owner and pet must evacuate, said John Haven III, executive director of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and executive director of the college’s Disaster Response Programs. The college is affiliated with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and UF Health.
“The shelter manager will need to see proof of vaccinations, and it will make the shelter intake process go much smoother if you have those,” Haven said.
He also advises pet owners to bring recent photos of their animals to help find them, and to verify ownership if the owner and pet are separated.
As hurricane season nears, Haven suggests these other tips for pet owners: