For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Cara MacVane
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Announces Closures and Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe During Hurricane Irma
Palm Beach County, FL- Due to Hurricane Irma, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will be closed to the public Friday, September 8, Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, 2017. Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) services will not be available Thursday, September 7th through Monday, September 11th. Closure dates for services might be extended past Sunday depending on the level of possible damage. Alerts and updates will be posted on Peggy Adams’ social media pages (@PeggyAdamsARL), as well as on www.PeggyAdams.org
For those with pets needing to find a safe place for them during the storm, the Pet Friendly Shelter is located at the West Boynton Recreation Center (east of Park Vista High School), 6000 Northtree Blvd., Lake Worth is set to open on Friday. The Pet Friendly Shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Pet owners are required to stay at the shelter. Livestock and reptiles will not be accepted. Pets will be housed in a separate area from people. Pet owners will be given a schedule to attend to their animal’s needs. For more information about this shelter, contact Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control by seeing http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/animalcare/Pages/Hurricane.aspx. Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control will continue to except strays as long as there are staff at the shelter.
Helpful Tips for Pet Parents:
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League encourages pet parents to avoid potential tragedies by taking the following steps to prepare for a hurricane.
- Never leave your pet home alone or outside. The safest place for your pet is with you! Left alone, your pet may be subject to injuries from structural damage, flooding and excessive heat after the storm.
- Equip all pets with a collar and identification tag containing visible and accurate information in case you become separated from your pet. Micro-chipped pets have a much better chance of being reunited with their owners.
- Practice a run through; including introducing your pet to the "safe room" you will take shelter in during the storm. In other words, don't let the actual hurricane be the first time your dog or cat spends time in the walk-in closet or downstairs bathroom.
- During the hurricane drill, introduce your pet’s everyday activities in the safe room to increase maximum comfort later. Try everything- placing animals in their carriers, have them eat and drink in this room, etc.
- Create a list of pet-friendly shelters nearby-including a list of hotels that allow pets, and keep it in a safe place for easy access as a storm approaches. A list is available to download at peggyadams.org/hurricane-preparedness.
- Be sure all animals are up-to-date with vaccines and keep records with you.
- Have photos taken of you with your pets and keep these photos in a safe, readily available place, like a wallet or purse for identification purposes.
- After the storm, do not let your pet go outside without a collar and leash. Keep them away from debris and standing water which may contain bacteria and live electrical wires you cannot see.
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League also recommends that pet owners create a pet emergency kit with supplies. Items include: three-day supply of drinking water and food stored in airtight, waterproof containers; bowls and can opener for food and water; sturdy carrier large enough for the pet to sleep in for a few days; leash and harness for all dogs; bedding; towels; medications for two weeks; vaccination records; first-aid supplies; one-week supply of litter and litter box for cats; cool packs; pet wipes; current photos and description of pets (with owner if possible); and be sure all animals have several forms of ID on their collar and are micro-chipped.
To download a hurricane preparedness checklist, please visit www.PeggyAdams.org/Hurricane-Preparedness.
Peggy Adams currently has more than 900 animals in its care. Many more animals will need help in the aftermath of the hurricane. If you wish to help Peggy Adams care for these animals today and in the days and weeks ahead as our community recovers from Hurricane Irma please donate at peggyadams.org/donate.
About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches, Incorporated is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals.
For more information, visit www.PeggyAdams.org.
The League is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925.