Challenges Aplenty for Pet Owners During Hurricane SandyNovember 9, 2012
An article from Reuters outlines the many challenges that faced pet owners during Hurricane Sandy. The article cites “The American Humane Association estimates that 15 million dogs, 14 million cats and 1.5 million horses were in Hurricane Sandy’s path” they say this estimate excludes smaller animals such as rabbits, fish, reptiles, etc. While many accommodations were made for pets during the time of the storm, such as shelters and public transportation allowing pets, not everyone was able to get their pet to safety.
In the wake of the storm, pet friendly hotels were filled with pets and their owners waiting for the power to come back on, or for their neighborhood to be cleared of debris. While many were able to find accommodations for their pets, those who could not had to send pets to relatives or have their pets go into foster care.
When preparing for future storms, on top of having backup plans for travel, electricity, water and the other essentials, have a plan in place for your pets as well so you can ensure you’re able to make it through the storm knowing your pet will be safe.