As the storm tears through the Bahamas, Florida has declared a state of emergency with many people forced to evacuate their homes.
Cats displaced by storm
With increasing worries for the cats that will no doubt be displaced as Hurricane Dorian hits Florida; 33 felines were relocated to the Wisconsin Humane Society to make more room.
Some of the felines are in need of treatment, but it is hoped that many of them will be available for adoption very soon.
Keeping pets safe during a storm
When you are making your storm safety plans, don’t forget your pets. They are members of your family after all. Make sure they are safe if you are forced to leave your home.
Check that your cats and dogs have tags and collars with up-to-date information so you can be contacted if they get separated from you. It’s also important that you ensure their vaccinations are all up-to-date and they are microchipped. To be on the safe side, make sure you have stocked up on several days’ worth of food and their medication if they are on anything.
Pets can sense stress so reassure them regularly and make sure they have their favourite blankets, toys and treats with them. If you are forced to evacuate your home, take all your pets with you. Don’t leave any of your animals behind.
Once the storm looks like it’s over, check the garden for any hazards such as wires that have come down, broken glass and any debris that could hurt them.