Owners Urged To Care For Their Pets As Hurricane Irma Approaches

By on September 7, 2017 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – Due to the influx of new arrivals at the Halifax Humane Society because of the impending hurricane, HHS is putting out a call for all potential adopters and foster parents to act now since our center is at capacity.

“In preparation for the hurricane, we are experiencing many people surrendering their pets as well as smaller shelters transferring animals to us. However due to the circumstances, we are having very few adoptions”, said Barry KuKes, Community Outreach Director. “We want to remind people that they should not abandon their pets. Their evacuation planning should include the needs of their pets including food, medications, travel items like crates, etc. There are many pet-friendly hotels and shelters. For pet-friendly shelters contact Volusia County Animal Control at 386-248-1790. For pet-friendly hotels nationwide, visit www.bringfido.com. Several people who have brought in an animal have stated it was a stray when in reality (after a microchip scan) the animal was actually their pet. Please do not surrender your own pets. They can evacuate with you to a nearby pet-friendly shelter. Lastly, do not tie your pet to a fence or lock them in an outdoor pen without the ability to escape driving rains, horrific winds, and possible major flooding. Your pet wouldn’t abandon you at your time of need; give your pet the same courtesy and care.”

HHS will remain open to the public for as long as the conditions are safe for our personnel and the animals in our care. As of this writing, HHS will be open Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 2 PM. Monday hours are dependent upon when and how much Hurricane Irma impacts the Central Florida our area.

Photo courtesy Sasa Dzambic Photography and Shutterstock.com.

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