How To Help Pets In Hurricane Florence
Here are animal shelters taking pets ahead of Hurricane Florence, what you can do to help, and lists of Public Shelters in Virginia and the Carolinas taking pets along with their owners. Scroll to the end to see lists of shelters. Animal shelters are already preparing for Hurricane Florence as it heads towards the southeast states. Shelters are being emptied if possible ahead of the storm to make room for displaced pets. The ASPCA has assisted with moving 1,200 pets ahead of the storm already. They plan to have response teams, boats and trailers with supplies ready by noon Thursday to move pets in need. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is based in Ashville but responds to disasters all around the Southeast. They are evacuating dogs and cats out of the area. They moved 21 dogs from a shelter in Horry South Carolina to New York and will now move the cats. Other shelters like Coastal Animal Rescue south of Myrtle Beach are already full and shelter staff plan to stay at the shelter with the animals throughout the storm. Big Fluffy Dog Rescue traveled 20 hours from Nashville to rescue the pets at a Pawleys Island shelter. These are just some examples of shelters all across the area preparing for Hurricane Florence. If you want to know how to help pets in Hurricane Florence, here are some of the shelters taking pets and needing assistance.
Waived Adoption Fees, Fosters Needed
This week Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will waive adoption fees for all pets other than puppies. Please consider adopting a pet if you can at this time in order to make room in shelters for pets that will become lost or lose their homes during the storm. There are many, cute pets available there. You could also foster a pet during the storm. The shelter has 150 pets per day at the facility.
Camp Bow Wow in South Asheville has waived the deposit to board pets during the storm. It is situated on a hill and hopefully will be out of the way of flood waters.
In Chattanooga Tennessee the McKamey Animal Shelter is taking pets from the affected areas and hoping to get pets adopted or for people to foster them to make more room in the shelter.
The Greenville Human Society in Greenville South Carolina is taking dogs and cats from coastal shelters and expects more to keep coming. They also need people to adopt or foster pets. There is an adoption special with reduced rates for adoption.
Emergency Shelters For Hurricane Florence That Accept Pets
Shelters in Virginia Accepting Pets
Chesapeake-there is one pet only shelter. You can not stay there but you can bring your pet. All shelters in the area will open evening of Sept. 12th.
Hampton-Bethel High School-opened Tuesday, Sept. 11th.
Newport News- Warwick High School. Will open 12 PM Sept. 12th. Owners must stay there with their pets and bring all supplies for pets.
Norfolk-Bayview Recreation Center, also Berkley Community Center
Portsmoth-Churchland Middle School on River Shore Road. Will open 1 PM Sept. 12th.
Suffolk- Nansemond River High School, ADA compliant.
Virginia Beach- Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center on Birdneck Road will board pets.
Shelters in North Carolina Accepting Pets
Brunswick County, Berkeley County Animal Shelter
Brunswick, West Brunswick High School, Whiteville Road.
Carteret County, Newport Middle School
Catawba County, Shelters will open if necessary.
Charlotte, Animal Care and Control will set up pet shelters at Red Cross Evacuation Shelters if necessary.
Chowan, pets not allowed but dog shelters may be set up.
Forsyth County, the Forsyth County Animal Response Plan will address need and open shelters as necessary.
New Hanover County, the New Hanover Animal Control Services will shelter pets for free.
New Hanover, New Hanover Middle School and an additional Elementary or Middle School to be announced later.
Onslow County, Jacksonville Commons Middle School
Orange County, Animal Services will board pets at shelter. Also Smith Middle School and
South Carolina Public Shelters Do Not Accept Pets, here are resources.
Public Shelters in South Carolina do not accept pets.
Look for shelters for your pet while you stay at a public shelter yourself.
Look for Pet friendly hotels,
Check out this list of pet shelters and sites for horses and livestock in South Carolina. Pet Friendly Travel list of Shelters and Pet Evacuation in South Carolina.
Keeping Pets Calm While Traveling
If you have to evacuate with your cat or you go to adopt or foster a cat, there will likely be stress for the pet. Cats don’t travel well and need some assistance to stay calm and feel safe. I highly recommend this all natural, human grade supplement for a calming/sedative affect. It is called Lick’s ZEN Calming Aid. It is made with natural tryptophan (found in foods like turkey). This would be my choice for travelling with a pet. They make a variety for dogs as well.
For general calming for moving into a new home, introducing a new pet or soothing an anxious cat that might have bad behaviors due to stress (like peeing where they are not supposed to), please try this natural spray from Jackson Galaxy. I use this every single day on my rescued boy and he is wonderful. For a cat that just needs a little calming while traveling this would be perfect and is easier to use than the Lick’s ZEN.
What You Can Do to Help
The best thing you can do to help the pets of Hurricane Florance if you are in a position to help, is to foster a pet for the duration of the storm or adopt a pet now to make room in the shelters. There is always an influx of pets in who become lost, abandoned or lose their homes in a major disaster. Check out any animal shelters in the area and see if you can adopt a pet, foster a pet or volunteer. Shelter staff and volunteers work round the clock during disasters to take care of animals in shelters and rescue those in need. Any help would be appreciated as well as donations of money, food and supplies. Check out the shelters listed at the top of this post or any others in your local area. Shelters all over the country will be taking affected pets. Even when there isn’t a disaster, millions of wonderful pets die in shelters every year in the U.S. All my pets are rescues and they are intelligent, affectionate and gorgeous. Most pets in shelters are there through no fault of their own and just need a good owner to love them.