Animal Shelter Gives Advice on Ensuring Pet Safety Before the Storm
Although hurricane shelters will be open to the public, unfortunately, there is a strict ‘no pets allowed policy. In some cases, this is one factor that deters families from leaving their homes. The CEMO Liaison Officer at the Belize City Council, Melony Dawson, advises the public to not wait until the last minute to secure important possessions or move to higher ground.
Melony Dawson, CEMO Liaison Officer, Belize City Council: “One of the key advice I would say please listen to the official information that is sent out by NEMO or the National Met Office please. From what Mr.Gordon mentioned this morning in the press conference we should potentially expect a category one hurricane, potentially. With that it can cause a lot of damage, roof damage you know, residents please take into consideration at this time. Get your food supplies ready, your water for three days, if you have a family member that you can seek shelter with please do so. Do not wait at the last minute, please do not wait.”
The Caye Caulker Humane Society shared some tips with Love News on how you can keep your pets safe during the storm, especially if you need to leave your house. If the house is stable, animals can be brought into the home with food and water and a safe dry bed. If the house is unstable and the owners can’t take the animals with them, then they should be let loose at the last minute. Pets should never be tied up because water can come in and drown them as they will be unable to escape.