Connecticut: Protect your pets from Hurricane Irene

Connecticut: Protect your pets from Hurricane Irene
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As Hurricane Irene continues to ravage the eastern seaboard, states from North Carolina to Maine, including Connecticut, have declared a State of Emergency. All residents are encouraged to take action and to initiate preventative planning. While you may have executed precautions for your family and your home, have you made all necessary provisions for your dogs and cats?

Connecticut: Protect your pets from Hurricane Irene
All pets, great and small, require protection from Hurricane Irene.ASPCA

To provide the best possible preparation for your pets, compile an emergency kit that includes the following:

  • food and water for at least five days for each pet, including bowls and a can opener for canned food
  • cat litter box with litter
  • current photos of your pet, in the event your pet is lost
  • medical and vaccination records from your veterinary hospital
  • medications in a waterproof bag
  • name and number of your veterinarian
  • leashes or harnesses
  • a sturdy pet carrier with a blanket and toys for comfort

Coastal areas, from Greenwich to New London, may see the brunt of Hurricane Irene, as the threats of wind gusts, flooding, and ocean surges impose a high risk. A recommended shelter for residents of southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island is the South Kingstown Animal Shelter on Asa Pond Road in South Kingstown. Their telephone number is (401) 789-5515.

A number of shelters in Connecticut accommodate pets or have associated facilities that will coordinate housing for your pet. A list of these pet-friendly locations with contact information is below:

Murphy Elementary School

185 East Main Street, Branford

(203) 484 – 9549

Colchester Animal Control

127 Norwich Avenue, Colchester

(860) 531 – 8865

East Haven High School

35 Wheelbarrow Lane, East Haven

(203) 468 – 3254

Roger Ludlow High School

785 Unquowa Road, Fairfield

(203) 255 – 7201

Hamden High School

2040 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden

(203) 407 – 2040

Johnathan Law High School

20 Lansdale Avenue, Milford

(203) 874 – 6782

North Haven High School

221 Elm Street, North Haven

(203) 239 – 5321 ext. 725

Brian McMahon High School

300 Highland Avenue, Norwalk

(203) 852 – 9488

Stonington High School

176 South Broad Street, Pawcatuck

(860) 599 – 5781

The full list of Connecticut shelters can be found here. Additionally, you may search for pet-friendly hotels and motels here.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has initiated a comprehensive Hurricane Irene informational website at Reluctance to evacuate in emergency situations is heightened by the threat of leaving your pets behind. However, this guide was generated to help keep the whole family together, safely out of harm's way.