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5-28-14 3:10pm Angela: on preparing your pets for hurricane season

May 28, 2014|

Angela talks about hurricane season preparations for your pets with Anna Zorilla, Dwana Fields, and Heather Rigney of the Louisiana SPCA

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We've had quite a day here with -- clutch revoke. Inspector general of New Orleans talking about his latest. Not reports and I think we're going to be here a lot about that about the police department and how it uses its officers. Then that whole hour with citizen power people who are fed up that had a with the streets. And no lights and so we are definitely going to be following that one. And now we're gonna do a serious but happy. To of course our beloved animals. One of the saddest realities of Hurricane Katrina. Was that we now know many who stayed did so because they would not leave their pets. It is an issue taken very seriously now as we all prepare for another hurricane season. As you prepare yourself and your family there is a checklist for your pets as well. We're gonna talk about that and about the issue of keeping your pets and your children safe this summer. And what to do if your pet gets out of your house your yard where do you begin your search operation. Here to talk about all of that is and a zarrella. Executive director of the Louisiana as peace -- name and their into -- are you unhappy because you'll are here. Heather written. Disaster preparedness court. Later for the Louisiana SP CA. And -- feels Louisiana SP CA client care supervisor. And I appreciate all of you being here. Important -- they are absolutely yes and all of a sudden June -- has run around the corner and and that was a minute of all the tragedies and there was some money. Was the the study that you all did that found out that so many people did -- if they didn't wanna leave their -- All right what do we -- now. Well legislation has changed both on the state and federal levels that does require. Parishes counties states to have plans that include pets so in the last nine years. All over Louisiana all over the country. There are plans in place to help people that are not able to evacuate themselves and need assistance for themselves but they have pets at home. And perhaps would not have laughed if support wasn't there to take their pets to. So in Orleans parish. The city of New Orleans has an extensive plan to move people out of danger. Should the stormy coming our way. And we support the city pure animal control contract. And have worked very closely with the city to develop the pet portion to ensure that those that need transportation. Can go and their pets can go to so everyone is in safety. And what's most important is that people pretty registers so that folks that need that kind of support. They don't have a vehicle or an un reliable vehicle we know they don't. Aren't going to be able to travel outside of the city -- a hurricane come our way. Need to call 31 line and get on that registration list and make sure if they have pets. That the city knows and advanced how many pets what kind of pets so that we are properly prepared and can assist in moving those animals out of the city. Two other parts of the state. Where they can be safe and -- housed with their owners. OK so it starts with signing up. Sign up and say I'm a little longer than I have two dogs and three -- absolutely and so what's important is that. One you've called the city and I would say outside of Orleans parish each parish has their own system. So if you live in Saint Bernard -- you live in Jefferson it's important that you reach out to your parish. Homeland Security Department whatever department is handling. Emergency preparedness. To find out how do you get on that list. What is the -- you know where do you go on the day of the evacuation in the city calls the evacuation. And what do you need to bring so we require that people bring a copy of their vaccinations that the pet has a collar and a tank. That you know if they need additional assistance that. They have identified that in addition to bringing food and bringing. Any medications at an animal is on. Because for that window of an evacuation three days five days however long it is. You know we need to make sure that those animals are as comfortable as possible and feeding them the same consistent food is one of those important things. And I and you bring -- you bring the -- so you want to bring everything having his own thing in addition to that. Leo was asked that the animals com the day collar and tags on just in case they would get separated demarcation point. It's. Mass confusion having so many people. That aren't looking for a place to be they're trying to manage baggage family. The pat size it is very possible the animal could use. Leo was asked that people who have small animals that maybe traveling on her lap while being transported. Have a carrier that's appropriate to fit any animal and by fitting the animal we mean that it's big enough to -- the stand up. Turnaround laid out comfortably in that they're not cramped but it's not so overly large that it's taking up space that should be occupied by another person. Who -- travel on the. H. Have has there been an evacuation. I think yes yes I think -- wise it was gonna stop us -- us first mandatory evacuation in the city of new Ireland's. And the first time that we're actually able to put the plan in place and it went remarkably well. We were able to transport. Hundreds of animals out of the city. You know for the first time ever everyone came back the animals actually came back before the people -- And then we worked on reuniting the people with their animals and getting everybody back home safely. It is the city of New -- and actually all municipal. Disaster plans are specific to cats and dogs so it's important if you have. Other pets so that a rabbit and saying horses snake. Those -- nine federally or state mandated that those are transported out of the city. So again if you need assistance it's important that you have you know pre identified yourself. You've talked to your municipality to figure out what are the resources available if any or you have an alternate plan. And that's specific to folks that need transportation. You know there's a large number of us throughout the city and throughout you know the Gulf Coast that are able to transport ourselves out of the city. But it's equally important and we have a plan. As well you know Verizon and -- that -- are going to family's house to friend's house to. You know a hotel in another part of the Stater in another state doesn't hotel take animals exactly. What kinds of things how would you suggest that. I would -- definitely recommend that people did their research ahead of time. And now is the brink of hurricane season and ideally most folks have had a few years to think about this while the weather has been good -- hopefully most people have spoken to you. Friends -- family in identify -- Who among those people is close enough to evacuate to end in who is comfortable with having strange pets but in their household. And has made arrangements. For the transport their pets to that location. After those people who don't have friends and family able to accommodate them. Researching it either boarding kennel outside of the disaster zone. Or are a pet friendly hotel would be -- cost. And you want to call ahead to the hotels and ask them specific questions. A lot of hotels. We'll have certain. Pet deposits -- rates for families that are bringing animals and Iran is often there are limits -- how many animals. Can occupier rom or whether they'll need to be caged if the family is. Leaving for any amount of time just so that the housekeeping staff at the hotel can go winning clean without risk of contracting with that animal. Often vaccination records are amongst. Said these are the types of things that people would like to be asked gain as well as things outside his breed requirements at the hotel. May have. Because what one hotel may accept is often very different from another. -- one of the nicest things was during Katrina are after Katrina we were in Baton Rouge. At a hotel this is all the reporters that are and it was filled with animals in an issue walked down the hall you could hear them. Talk you're barking and I thought what a wonderful. Thing this hotel has done in the past desperate moment I variety. -- you know it's such an incredible comfort for those of us with our pets you know to have them there with us. And for our pets you know this is a very stressful time for them so for us to do as much as weekend an advanced get them comfortable going in and that -- kennel. Have special treats have special toys. You know make it as comfortable as you can for your -- because. We're stressed out we're anxious about what's going on and they pick up on that. I'm one of the other really important things that we always try to stress with people as having that collar and a tag. Having a picture of your pet he and having them micro chipped and have your microchip. Current in terms of your registration. Oftentimes people got their microchip five years ago they're cellphone number change their address change their email chains they never went back and updated those things. And again this is a stressful time you stopped to get gas at. Gas station and you know in that five seconds to open the door that they're -- -- -- the dog darts out the cat jumps out. And what do you do and so having that picture that you can show people. You know you can and give them microchip that is being number one way of getting your pet back home. It is universal anywhere across the country they can -- an animal -- found and if your information is current. They can reaching the other thing is again for our community. Don't put your home phone number as your only number. We won't be home we're evacuating so either yourself number if you have a family member that lives at a town that you could put either on the tag or on them microchip. Again there's a better chance he'll reach someone Andy was saying hey we found your -- this is where here she is and be able to reunite viewing your pet. I mean I can't tell you you know in those months right after Katrina how many animals and even you know we get to talking about lost and found. How many animals we see every day that clearly belong to someone yes they are in great shape -- we. They got out of someone's yard you know during Katrina someone picked up this -- rescued and brought in and we never found the owner. -- -- it just breaks your heart breaks your heart that owner breaks your heart for that pet that will never be back together again and we just wanted to do everything we can right now. For folks to be ready and avoid that kind of separation. We'll stay with -- we're gonna continue our discussion about being ready for hurricane season with your pants right after this I'm Angela on WW well. While we're talking about hurricane season. And how to handle it with your pets without the people who know and is a real and Heather Brittany. And I don't want to feels all the the Louisiana SP CA. We've got a -- let's let's get that real quick Stephanie. People. I think people. Good job and they hand out. Different. Now art in which happen. Her. Hand. We were able new AptarGroup stop saying little cat shelter was set up. -- Accurately and also after I bit. We were able to -- Importing candle. At a price break and I -- A couple of for -- Encourage people really looked into. Where they're -- -- -- -- only. Find out it it'll be open shelters for people are actually. That is a wonderful point really that is and again it's so important when you're traveling at a state. In a disaster or just -- recreational travel bring your vaccination records. Make sure your animals microchip to make sure you have a collared and tagged. Because any of those boarding facilities are gonna wanna know that you had. Basic shots so -- -- tell your rabies shot you know just your basic shots so that. You know you're not bringing an animal that might get sick or might actually have something already when they get -- now -- that's fair and hopefully we'll never have to use this but it's so good to know that we're thinking ahead. And that's an angry that. She -- -- and you don't simply. We've found that more on them on the cake and they told us that they appreciated the fact that we're trying to find the plate. And that it gently. Thank you Stephanie very very much you know. Again we're talking about. There is a great plan that the city has all communities now have post-Katrina. In a few -- do not have transportation. Now setup but even for those who do. I think the point -- being made he still have to think that he still have to have those papers even if you're traveling with a family if you were sending I love this uber. In one room. And for people in seven animals or something it. It can happen it's there. Only can and I think you know in. In planning you need to look at a number of different aspects of things. Is your vehicle large enough to accommodate the people and the animals that are currently in your home you have enough carriers frolic your animals. Is -- your destination and going to be sufficient to accommodate them. As I had mentioned to you Angela in the hotel that Herat was incredibly gracious and they allowed. Everybody in our family in all of our pets to be co host in a single problem but normally. Most hotels -- allow -- Just the people in May be one or two pets per round. So if your hotel does stick Hardin passed with their existing rules you know you made need to look into you either getting a second round. If you have a multi -- household. Or trying to find a veterinary office or boarding kennel near to your hotel that -- can place your animals there in just visit them and help -- to. Care for them and comfort them during the evacuation. Every circumstances different. And by the year a single household. With an easy to manage animal. Or whether your household when you know my dog that just -- member of the multiple puppies so far. You know that household that as the cats in the dogs and the brats in the dish in the Guinea pig goes up and things like my own counseled that you know just chock full of animals. -- you need to make sure that that your plan and accommodate you because there is no one size fits -- We'll -- -- traveling you're going to a family members house I have had several friends comment to me. That they didn't realize other family members were also bringing pets. And when they arrived at the destination there was some logistics and had to be worked out and not everybody was happy so again. If you're traveling to family outside of the area. Making sure everyone that has that same destination has identified. Are you you know how many dogs you bring how many cats do the dogs get along with the cats how're we gonna keep them separate if they don't get along so. It can be as you know com and and you know peaceful as possible for everyone the people and the pats while they're back I think that. Great -- -- logistics now -- a lot of logistical planning and now's the time to do it let's not wait until there's something brewing in the golf and we start to panic. You know making those plans now just saved everyone a lot of stress and aren't done. Everyone stay with -- we're gonna continue distraught over also gonna talk about some other subjects about. Pets and children this summer. Lot of kids to be out playing more. How to handle that and also what happens if you lose your job market we have the experts stay with -- I'm Angela under the anyway. We're talking with members of the Louisiana SP CA about -- is hurricane season we've got to think ahead we've got to protect our pets. And there are definite plans in place if you don't have transportation but certainly for those who do. That doesn't excuse you really need to to get that plan going let's go to Casey in lake view. They did what we're good at the very. Or -- sure are and where people war limit the war here or you know those those also who. Water. You -- -- ball and -- argued that article -- They're in trouble supports political literally in the record for -- reports from. So we need you looked even marveled about the talk about the woodwork and call it that the picture war that could actually legal preacher that. You were absolutely correct. Absolutely and you know as as we've been talking about today just making sure that. You made plans in advance that wherever your destination is knows how many pets you're bringing. What kind of pets here bringing and you know we're just talking amongst ourselves in the break and making sure that you've got all the supplies that you need for your pet. Wherever you're going so don't assume that there will be a feed stores don't assume that the kind of food that you normally feed here is going to be available wherever you ago. Make sure you've got you know a week's worth of food. Your medications anything's Pacific -- York kind of pet. And that it's legal wherever you're going or if there's any restrictions that you know and advancing can prepare for that Casey you have a boa constrictor. Water is life and fortunately our perspective what you know circuits in the quarter of forma orchard sort a couple of jobs -- -- and evidently legal. You know it's part of that felt them -- -- -- -- water you know what. Part of that book the laws and darker -- and so -- Portland withdrew with a public for the very laws. What we're doing our oceans. In a Yale law all of the other goes crooked so. Some -- and focus sort of again Angela we need to get their you know prefer to be prepared. Are you contribute floats -- -- -- go to war or. Lots of you that that wouldn't look at traditional. Recordable petition for -- planet. They wish Dugard in order. And I certainly think so much -- really appreciate that. Another subject of importance as it is summertime now kids are going to be -- playing a lot more hopefully -- they're beautiful parks and yards. And you'll see higher incidence of -- rates so that's the kind of touch on that. And we know that kids are out in about not always. Well supervised when they're out and about. But what's more important -- that is that we as pet owners have a responsibility. Over containing our pets and so there are lots of folks with a really well trained dogs who feel it's OK don't walk their dog off -- well it's not. In Orleans parish in every parish there -- leash laws. And it's not meant to you know. Restrict anyone's in love of their pet but rather it really is about safety. And kids you know need to know what to do with their approach by an animal -- off leash. And a lot of times kids that haven't had great experiences with animals. You know. React and and are afraid and they run. And a dog that's off -- will go after a child even the sweetest dog. It could be a playful chase but that's really scary for that child and we've seen some horrific. Horrific attacks and mauling is. By dogs that you know otherwise the -- that owners have said this dog is perfectly sweet a lovely family pet. However got out once or you know my dogs used to walking off we shouldn't think it was a big deal. Well it is a really big deal that you keep your pet contained. In your yard and that we Paul you know worked to make sure that kids. Are safe and our neighborhoods that they know if an animal approaches them to stay as still as they possibly can. Look for things they can put between them and the -- are the animal that's approaching them don't assume every dog that's coming up is sweet. Lots of them are bad lots of them may not be that -- having a bad day and maybe having a bad day the other big trend of the other big. Thing that we see with dog attacks in particular. And I know we've talked about this before is that those attacks that are most significant -- cause the most injury to children to the elderly. Are typically buy dogs that are intact. And so again just getting the message out that -- the importance of spaying and neutering your pants. They're less likely to roam -- less likely to have that in our aggression that testosterone and just running through their bodies. You know really does provoke a lot more. I'm of that aggression in our community and we had a couple of very bad cases this past several money it's been that. Some really bad ones the last few months and we never wanna see that happen in our community anywhere. But certainly as we get into this summer and we know that there's going to be more kids out is playing in sprinklers having a good time it's summer people are home. We have to make sure that if you see a dog that's out call. Call your local animal control agency make sure that someone knows. There's a dog it's roaming whether or not you know the owner is. Let us know so that we can come out and remove an animal safely find the owner get him back home. But also make sure that kids are safe in our neighborhood -- parish. You know it's Louisiana as PCI but every parish has their own animal control agency and an event that the the trick but the things to remind children is to not stare at the dog not go running towards a -- And if somebody's dog is running to you curl up -- the ball. Absolutely covered her head and neck head and neck are really where those fatal injuries occur and you can have a bite your hand you can survive even. Losing a finger -- You can't survive if you're bitten in the neck or their head and you have massive bleeding. That's really where those fatalities come in our wind is -- -- after the neck in the head. You know that's really where we see those really really serious it's we have a caller chip and they Saint Louis. Yes -- protect my call up. How to talk about both attack and not children. I spoke with the insurance adjuster -- -- are those of thirty years investigate it takes. And now -- it was -- main thing that they now that all children. -- don't think I'll level with children. Don't count out that you're about our triple -- The dogs see to see. And when that vote cities -- that shall T the prepares. Attack and and have a more grip the ball though more like go at our post press opinion at the pit bull. German -- all they have a tendency to tax. From nature this Camaro and stakes with a lot of natural in the -- the trial that smile adult -- awareness. With the children around the ball there's main thing keep these attacks -- a lot of cases -- -- -- the darkest. That that's swapped out from agents were. Now that's very interesting and I appreciate you calling in -- rings up a fair -- -- thank you a lot yeah. -- takes five minute conversation with job it does and I again making sure you're if you have children that you're having that conversation with them. But then again talking to your neighbors making sure we've had several cases in the last few years where. You know we got involved after the attack happened after the bite happened and we talked to neighbors is that yes that dog always gets out that dogs always run in the neighborhood. But -- goes home that's not okay we don't wanna hear after the fact now that dogs always -- about. Now that dog needs to be in the yard in the home secure. So that the children the elderly anyone in the neighborhood is safe. Stay with this we're gonna talk about what do you do if you lose your -- we'll be right. We're talking with members of the Louisiana SP CA about how to keep your pets safe. During the summer during hurricane season and one -- feels you're the expert on. Somebody calls my dog is now my cat has gotten them where you began. So. A person should begin. -- coming into the Louisiana is is he in filing a loss report -- on the need to bring a photo ID and a photo of the animal. On the photo is very very important it helps us distinguish you know one black -- from another home. On so and that's where he should start and as soon as they realize that the cat is missing. That's especially when he needed coming on camels have 83. SEC Aso on you know that the longer they wait. You know this marketed chances are -- -- animal. So they should call you first and say I've lost my hat to him like today in him and they're checking one have you picked it up. Right into he'll now have it on record. Right now have -- aren't Angeles that they bring that photo yes he says when I say my dog is a Jack Russell Terrier. And someone else looks at my dog they're gonna look at my -- and say no that's -- -- -- your team next month and so if you tell me you have you working mixed. What I have in my head of what that dog looks like is very different than what else does that photo really is so important you know when you have lost your -- Yes so it helps us you know distinguish you know -- implement -- like it and I am very important is. You know posting flyers are you lost it a posting on these booking Craigslist on FaceBook there's no pets and a section. Other important. Also gives the fires to your mail here's your trash -- and you know those people are around your neighborhood they might even help you look Smart community identify him and Agassi or signed you know I am looking like -- around the corner. And so that's that's also very helpful. Sightings. Examined -- and foundation also notify their local veterinarians. If a person has found him on trying to keep it. If a person who is also -- has already notified their local -- If an animal that looks like -- you know comes in the can actually you know can hold that person there called you know all the people -- -- -- kind of animal that looks like viewers and you know to my permanent. -- just to see but but. The the best. Wait to Dmitry you know it's gonna be reunited with you is if you microchip and yes it's been that is an important. The microchip is not -- GPS or a tracking device it is just a permanent. Identification. And so if your address your phone number changes and is very important it's a deep and as we would not find you if if we don't have -- -- information just keep checking back with Louisiana's BCA. We're we're a little animal control and so the other thing is remember. You know our parishes are so close to each other that. It's possible someone on their way to work picked up your dog dropped off at Jefferson animal control or. Picked it up dropping off of the vet clinic on their way to work because they couldn't take the dog with them. Make sure that you are checking all these different places. And it posting those flyers -- so important area because someone may have senior dogs and one may be holding it taking care of it you know being a good old American and yes and they don't know that -- out there looking for an. Having a collar and a tag having your rabies license on your -- and that microchip super super important you all of the best I can thank you enough. Onward with Louisiana's SP CA and let's hope we don't meet any those hurricane preparations but we got -- thank thank you Zain thank you so I'm. And we'll be right back. Thanks so much for joining us I hope you'll join us again tomorrow have a good.