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How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Storm

Emergency officials urge people to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac and that includes making plans for your pets before, during and after the storm.

Plan Ahead for Your Pets:

Tampa Bay is included in the cone of uncertainty for Tropical Storm Isaac, according to the National Hurricane Center. That means, people in Largo are urged to prepare now by finding out your evacuation zone, building a disaster kit and making the appropriate plans for your pets.

Here are some tips from officials with Pinellas County Emergency Management.

Pet-Friendly Shelters:

Residents have to preregister for pet-friendly shelters because space is limited. Mobile home residents are given first priority. If you would like to register yourself and your pet, call (727) 582-2150 or download the registration form and fax it to:

Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 338774
Fax (727) 582-2637

There are three pet-friendly shelters in Pinellas County:

Thurgood Marshall Middle School

  • 3901 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg

Oak Grove Middle School

  • 1370 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater

Dunedin Middle School

  • 70 Patricia Ave., Dunedin

Boarding Animals:

Check ahead and find kennels and pet-friendly hotels or motels in non-evacuation zones. The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has a list of pet-friendly hotels and motels. Call them at (727) 464-7200 or go to their website for more information.

Disaster Kit for Your Pet:

  • Proper identification
  • Immunization records
  • County license rabies tag
  • Food and water (2 weeks supply)
  • Carrier or portable kennel
  • Medications
  • Muzzle, collar and leash
  • Manual can opener
  • Current photo of pet
  • Feeding and water bowls
  • Favorite toys and blanket
  • Cat litter/pan and scoop
  • Grooming items
  • Plastic bags for waste

Source: Pinellas County Emergency Management

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