Humane Society helping pets during hurricane season

When preparing for a hurricane, you automatically think of food and shelter — but what about your pets?

News 25 spoke with the Humane Society about how they are trying to help pets during hurricane season and bring awareness to World Rabies Day.

Karen Glendenning, who owns three pets, brought one — her dog Casey — to get vaccinated and micro chipped since she found him as a stray.

If the dog were to run off again, it would be easier for her to find him.

“I work a minimum wage job, so this makes it affordable — I can afford his other vet care,” Glendenning said. “If somebody had him micro chipped, he would be back with his original owner instead of with me.”

In honor of World Rabies Day, the Humane Society offered five dollar rabies vaccines and micro chipping — normally costing over $60.

Developmental director Katie King said if people were not able to make it out for the opportunities, the shelter offers a hurricane special every year from June through the end of December — offering a $20 price for both.

“Especially living on the Gulf Coast and it being hurricane season, it is so important that your pets are up to date on their vaccines,” King said. “It is also important to make sure they are micro chipped just in case we were affected by a storm.”

The Humane Society has also started a spay/neuter special that started September 27 and is free to community pets.

“HSSM has a goal to do 500 free spray/neuter surgeries by 2023,” King said. “We are encouraging everyone to neuter and spay by New Year’s Day. The special is open to all counties and all household cats and dogs.”

King said cat parents have been booking more than dog owners since this announcement was made.

She hopes to see dog owners do the same since the Humane Society is facing a capacity crisis at the shelter.

For more information on booking your pet for the free surgery, call or stop by the shelter to get started.

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