Irma Preparations: What to do if you have pets

The group is trying to get as many pets out of the path of the storm as it can.

ATLANTA, GA. - As you prepare your emergency and evacuation plans ahead of Hurricane Irma, don’t forget to plan for your fur babies.

Whether you stay or go, officials maintain your pets are safest with you. Animals should never be left chained outside.

RELATED: 30 Georgia counties under state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma

A warning to pet owners. According to Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency (GEMA), most public shelters can’t accept pets due to health regulations. So, officials advise owners to take time to research pet-friendly shelters and hotels on their evacuation routes.

Other options recommended by GEMA include: creating a buddy system with neighbors; utilizing out-of-town friends and relatives; local animal hospitals or boarding facilities near your evacuation shelter.  

RELATED: Emergency contact information for Georgia counties under emergency

Whether you’re traveling with pets or at home with pets, Georgia Department of Agriculture recommends preparing the following emergency supplies:

  • Important documents
  • Medications
  • Personal identification
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • 3 days of fresh water for you and your pet
  • Cash
  • First aid supplies
  • Pet Supplies: crate, food, microchip information, vet records and a current color photograph of you and your pet
  • Fully charged cell phone

Other useful items officials recommend include a collar or harness with ID; rabies tag and a leash; a pet carrier or crate; litter or litter box.

A picture of you and your pet together is also an invaluable resource for owners trying to reunite with their animal, according to Ready.Georgia. Officials also recommend making sure your pet is microchipped and your contact information is up-to-date.

Georgia has not yet activated pet-friendly shelters as of Thursday at 1:15 p.m. but if activated, Department of Agriculture officials confirm shelters will require owners care for their own animals so plan your personal lodging nearby. 

The following sites also maintain lists of animal-friendly travel options:

www.hotels.petswelcome.com/georgia/

www.petfriendlytravel.com/

www.akc.com

www.Pet-Friendly-Hotels.net

Here are a list of pet-friendly shelters, according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

FVSU Safe Center, 55-399 Porter Lane, Fort Valley, GA 31030; opening 9/9/17; capacity for 80
cats, 130 dogs and 70 equine

Good Samaritan Shelter 500 Underwood Rd Milledgeville, GA 31061 at Freedom Church in
Baldwin County is pet friendly

Macon Market Pet Shelter 2055 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, GA 310206; 3 cats, 11 dogs

PAWS HUMANE, INC. 4900 Milgen Rd, Columbus GA 31909; 7 dogs, 10 cats

Okefenokee Fairgrounds, 2451 Knight Avenue, Waycross, Georgia 31503; 18 cats, 237 dogs,
pigs, goats, and 3 donkeys

Peach County has a pet shelter located at The Pet Lodge, 5970 Peach Parkway, Fort Valley,
GA 31030; 12 dogs

Albany Humane Society; 1705 West Oakridge Dr, Albany, GA 31707 45 dogs from Camden
Animal Shelter

Tifton Animal Services; 278 Georgia HWY 125 S, Tifton, GA 31794 5 dogs

Warner Robins Shelter, 208 Stalnaker Avenue, Warner Robins, GA 31088; 8 dogs, 22 cats

11Alive will update pet-friendly shelter locations as they are activated or find information on www.gema.ga.gov and www.agr.georgia.gov.

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