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Hurricane Irma

 

Cat Depot will be closed from 5 PM on Friday

This affects the adoption center, clinic, and store

We hope to be able to open normal hours again on Wednesday

 

We have a disaster plan in place, and the cats will be safe and well cared for
during the emergency.


 

Cat Depot's building is rated to withstand hurricanes up to category 4 and we have decided not to evacuate. We have a team and supplies in place to care for the cats. We are also evacuating cats from other organizations that need to come stay with us. Read our latest updates here.


Please follow recommendations from local authorities and include your pets in your emergency plans.

 

Make a plan and be ready to act on it

Include your pets in your emergency plans

Have supplies set aside for your human family members - and your pets - in a safe and easily accessible place. You should know where you have things like a flashlight.

Investigate beforehand where pet friendly shelters are - many places aren't equipped to handle pets and won't be able to take them in.

Everyone in the family - including each pet - should have an emergency kit. Keep this where you can get it at a moment's notice in case you have to evacuate.

The emergency kit should include things like:

  • Water
  • Non-perishable food
  • A non-electric can opener, if your pet eats canned food
  • Any medications and medical records in a waterproof container
  • Veterinary records and up to date vaccination paperwork
  • Microchip information
  • A carrier
  • Water bowl and food bowl
  • Litter, litter box, puppy pads, etc
  • Plastic bags
  • A photo of your pet, in case you are separated

 

If the area is hit by the storm and you decide to stay and ride it out, be aware that it will take time for society to return to normal. You will probably need more fresh water and food than you expect.

Keep your pet in a carrier or on a leash. This way, you are ready to leave on a moment's notice if needed, and you won't have to try to catch a terrified cat or dog. Secure your pet before the storm hits.

Stay calm.
 

After the storm has passed 

 
Don't immediately let your pet outdoors, even if they're used to being outside. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet could easily be confused and become lost.

Downed power lines, other animals and insects brought in with high water could present real dangers to your pet.

Take care not to allow your pet to consume food or water which may have been contaminated.

Nearly 80 percent of pets displaced by a storm are never reunited with their owners. Planning ahead will help ensure you're not separated.

 

For more information


Download the Official Tampa Bay Disaster Planning Guide

 

Current updates on our hurricane preparations

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