Pet shelter in Richland Co. opening for Florence evacuees

(Source: SCEMD website)
(Source: SCEMD website)
Updated: Sep. 14, 2018 at 1:19 PM EDT
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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Emergency pet shelters are opening to help Hurricane Florence evacuees.

The Richland County Emergency Pet Shelter will open a pet-friendly shelter to house cats and dogs only during the weather emergency.

It will open at 5 p.m. Friday and is located at 3216 Broad River Road across from the Widewater Shopping Center.

Cats must be in a carrier and dogs must be on a leash. Owners must bring their animal's vaccination records along with food and water.

Only pets up to date on their rabies vaccination will be accepted.

Owners bringing their cats or dogs will need to bring the following:

  • A carrier/crate
  • Food and water for several days
  • Food and water dishes
  • Leashes (owners are responsible for walking their pets)
  • Medications
  • Toys or other comfort care items

Owners will be expected to provide daily care for their animals during their stay at the shelter. Only one family member will be allowed in the facility. Pet owners must come in the morning and evening to clean cages and feed, water and exercise their pets.

Families should have emergency plans in place that include household pets. Your pet's emergency supplies should include any required medications, comfort items, sanitation items such as litter boxes and litter for cats and plastic bags for waste clean-up.

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