Humane Society of South Mississippi offers pet preparation tips for hurricane season

While preparing hurricane kits and other emergency needs this hurricane season, don’t forget to make preparations for your furry friends as well.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi recommends pet owners prepare three main things in case of severe weather: a pet evacuation pack, a disaster plan, and update your pets’ microchips and tags.

Some of the recommended items for evacuation packs include vet records, toys, disposable garbage bags, food, water, and medication.

HSSM also suggests having a crate large enough for a pet to stand or lie down comfortably.

From June through November, the Humane Society is offering rabies vaccine and microchip for $20 to try and keep Coast pets safe during the hurricane season. HSSM Development Director Katie King said, “Just in case you were to get separated from your pet, you are 80% more likely to be reunited with your pet if they are micro-chipped. But if that microchip information is not up to date, then it’s going to be useless. So, it’s really important to make sure that your microchip is up to date with all of your pet’s information and your contact information so you can be reunited with them.”

King also wants to remind pet owners to keep in mind that if it’s not safe for you it’s not safe for your pets.