Houston Humane Society offering tips for pet owners amid Hurricane Nicholas preparations

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As residents prepare for Hurricane Nicholas, the Houston Humane Society is urging pet owners to ensure they also keep their furry friends safe as well. 

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Nicholas is expected to make landfall Monday night, bringing several inches of rain and floods. 

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Here are some helpful tips the Humane Society shared: 

  • Bring Them Inside – Make room for your pets indoors. Set aside some blankets or towels for your pet to lay on. Crate pets or secure them in a room where they feel safe during the storm.
  • Provide Safe & Dry Area – If unable to bring them inside, have the pet in a safe covered area on higher ground. Ensure all coverings are prepared to sustain high winds.
  • Stock Up on Water, Food, and Medication – Ensure your pet has 2-week supply of food, water and necessary supplies.
  • Register Your Pet’s Microchip – Keep information updated. This will help you be re-united with your pet if he/she becomes lost and is turned in to a shelter or vet clinic.
  • Make a Plan and Have your Disaster Kit Ready – You want to be prepared if the storm impacts your area.