Making sure your animals are safe and sound during a hurricane is important, but pre-storm preparation and post-storm caution are just as crucial. Coventry Animal Control Officer Jessica Zakowski provided Coventry Patch with some valuable tips and guidelines to ensure every member of your family gets through the storm unscathed.
Attached are two more pet safety resources from the RI DEM.
Before the Storm:
- Make arrangements as soon as possible in the case that you and your pet have to evacuate. Check with friends, family, a kennel or veterinarian and have a place in plan before the storm.
- Make sure pets vaccinations are up to date in order to gain admission to a kennel or shelter.
- Stock up on enough pet supplies for 3-5 days. (food, water, medications, dishes, can opener, litter, bedding, etc.)
- Be sure all pets are collared with an attached updated ID and a six-foot (non-retractable) leash for dogs/carriers for cats.
- During the worst parts of the storm, it is a good idea to crate cats even inside of the home, as they may become frightened and escape outside.
- Have your pet's medical records and identification readily available as well as a photo of your pet and one of you and your pet. (Note, in the case of a lost animal, a rabies tag will not suffice as identification.)
After the Storm:
- Do not let pets roam, as they can get lost easily when familiar smells and landmarks are gone.
- Check your yard to make sure fences are intact and that the area is clear of hazards such as broken glass, downed wires and fallen trees before letting pets outside.
- Keep an eye out for displaced wildlife. The homes of wild animals get damaged during hurricanes as well and they will be active after the storm. Do not touch or attempt to capture. Should any contact between your pet and a wild animal occur, call your veterinarian or Animal Control. Human contact should be reported to the Board of Health (222-2577.)
- If an injured wild animal is found, do not handle. Contact DEM (222-2284), Animal Control (822-9106) or the Wildlife Clinic (294-6363).
Pet-Friendly Hotels: (http://hotels.petswelcome.com)
- Residence Inn
755 Centre of New England Blvd., West Greenwich, RI, 02817 (401-828-1170)
Pet Policy: Up to 40-pound dog, cat, caged bird or fish. Maximum two pets per suite. $100 pet fee per stay.
- Extended Stay American
1235 Division Rd., West Warwick, RI, 02893 (401-885-3161)
Pet Policy: No restrictions, but animals must be restrained appropriately. $25 pet fee per night, up to $150.
- La Quinta Inn & Suites
36 Jefferson Blvd., West Warwick, RI, 02888 (401-941-6600)
Pet Policy: Call for more information.
- Motel 6
20 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI, 02893 (401-467-9800)
Pet Policy: Pets welcome. Must register at the front desk, must be appropriately restrained at all times and cannot be left alone in the room.
Editor's Note: All hotels had confirmed vacancies as of late afternoon August 25.