Prepare Pets for Hurricane Season
With the hazardous Pacific hurricane and storm season upon us, the Hawai‘i Island Humane Society has a few tips to help keep animals safe during and after a storm:
- Brings pets inside.
- Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and may isolate themselves if they are afraid.
- Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet tied up during a storm.
- Hawai‘i Island Humane Society encourages all pet owners to be safe and prepared. If you are advised to evacuate or do not trust the stability of your home, consider your pet’s safety.
- If you evacuate, take your pets.
- As you prepare your family’s emergency supply kit, also consider the needs of your pets.
A pet kit should include:
- At least three days of food and water. Include bowls and a manual can opener.
- Pet medicines and medical records.
- First aid kit.
- Collar with ID tag, harness or leash.
- Crate or pet carrier.
- Pet litter, litter box, newspapers, paper towels and plastic bags.
- Pet toys, bedding and treats.
If you find a stray pet during a storm, provide it shelter and then drop it off after the storm at one of three island-wide Hawaii Island Humane Society shelters in Keaau, Waimea and Kona.
After a Storm
Walk pets on a leash until they become reoriented to their home. After a disaster, animals can become aggressive or defensive—monitor their behavior.
Being pet-prepared mean your pets will be safe and comfortable when a disaster happens.
Learn more at HIHS.org or call 808-329-1175.